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Molina family is giving extra ‘thanks’ this holiday following near fatal crash

Posted at 10:03 PM, Nov 25, 2015

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- One West Michigan family is a little extra thankful this holiday after five of their family members were in a crash that nearly killed them on November 21.

FOX 17 first covered the crash on Saturday, after a driver lost control on the icy road, slamming into a parked fire truck that was responding to another crash.

Martin Shae Molina says he can’t believe he’s not dead after seeing his car after the crash.

This Thanksgiving,  Molina is giving thanks to the emergency responders who helped keep him and his family alive.

Presley Dalton, Molina's girlfriend, is full of gratitude this holiday, thankful her boyfriend is still alive.

"I don’t think I’ve ever had a Thanksgiving where I truly could say there was something for me to be thankful for," said Dalton.

It was words Molina also expressed, while reflecting on that day.

"I just remember seeing the corner of the truck I just remember anticipating the impact," said Molina.

The next thing he knew, he was bounded by metal, surrounded by screams.

"When I woke up the steering wheel was in the passenger seat," he said.

Molina walked away with a few scratches, a broken rib, staples in his head and a cut on his knee.

His mother, Darla, also expressed her relief.

"I was so very grateful all my kids and grand kids made it through that it was unbelievable to know that," she said.

Family tells FOX 17 Molina's sister, Brandy suffered head trauma and her three kids suffered broken collar bones.

As for Molina, he was supposed to start a new job this week, but is unable to work because of his injuries, leaving him with no job and no insurance to pay for his medical expenses.

If you'd like to help the family, a GoFundMe page has been set up to assist them.