BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Scott Wells' life changed forever when a drunk driver slammed into him 13 years ago in South Carolina. It severed his spinal cord and left him a paraplegic. But now with every turn of the pedal on his hand bike, he's hoping he'll be the one changing other people's lives.
"Having the opportunity to reach out to others and be able to help others that are in similar situations, such as myself and to me there's nothing better than that,” says Wells.
That's why Wells spent the last week biking 250 miles from Bossier City to Baton Rouge. He's raising awareness about the need to get a neurological rehab hospital built in Louisiana. His inspiration was a man he met last year who ran across America.
"He's just an inspiration to anyone he sees," says Wells’ mother Suzanne Frazier.
His mom met him at the steps of the State Capitol when he finished his ride. He hopes it will remind people of the dangers of drinking and driving and encourage the more than 11,000 people who suffer similar injuries every year that life isn't over.
"Lives still go on even when these types of injuries occur. People still have lives to live. You can do whatever you set your mind to do. You're able to accomplish it," says Wells.
And he's going to enjoy his by taking in an LSU football game on Saturday.
"Ready for them Tigers to go ahead and whoop up on 'em," says Wells.