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8/21/07-Tyler

Accident Survivor: "God Has A Plan For Me"

At age 18, Marquis Warren has learned a lesson some live a lifetime and never understand. 

"I see that you can actually be here one day and the next day you are gone," Marquis said. "If God has a plan for you, you are going to fulfill it."

In the blink of an eye, Marquis lost his best friend.

"He had just asked me to look down at the time and then I told him it was 4:48 (p.m.). When I looked back up, it was a brown truck in front of her, she was behind the truck. I guess she was peaking or whatever and she came over the line and hit us."

Marquis has been in the hospital since the accident a week ago, but when he talks of that one moment, it is like no time has passed."

"I got out of the car and I thought I could walk, but I fell face forward into some glass," Marquis said. "I haven't been able to sleep. I have a lot of nightmares and stuff."

Over the weekend, doctors put a plate in his pelvis to repair his broken hip. The surgery scheduled on the same day as Derek's funeral.

"I really wanted to go the funeral, but I had to go to that surgery," Marquis said. "(Derek) was real cool. He respected his elders. He was a great dude. He didn't disrespect anybody. You could ask him anything, he would take you home, anything.  He was just that cool."

As painful as the death of his best friend has been, Marquis is dealing with another sad reality: His high school football career is over.

"I was looking at a lot of colleges and scholarships things like that. I had my whole year planned out for football."

One of the schools Marquis hoped to impress is the Texas Longhorns. But doctors now tell him he may not be able to walk normally for another three months.

"It hurts," he said. "I hate being still."

Marquis has not been lonely in the hospital. His room is filled with well-wishes, and he's had a steady stream of visitors, including his teammates, coaches and teachers. On Tuesday morning, a special word from someone sharing his pain: Derek Timm's mother.

"Go on with your life and try to get well," she encouraged.

Marquis wants to thank everyone who has said a prayer for him and his best friend. He knows he will have to work hard just to be able to walk again. Still, Derek was a hard worker and Marquis doesn't want to let him down.

"I'll try to work hard for Derek and try to make it back."

Maya Golden, Sports Director.  mgolden@kltv.com

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