Aryn Johnson of Norway, Maine, was driving home from work early on March 17 when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed. He couldn’t remember how it happened, telling reporters that one minute he was listening to music, and the next, he was in the hospital.
“I was wide awake when I was driving,” the young man told WGME-TV. “I was listening to my music, my hip hop, just chilling along, and all of a sudden I wake up here.
“I don’t even remember what really caused my crash, just except for what people told me.”
In fact, Johnson said he didn’t even know what his rescuers looked like, since he never saw them, though he told WMTW-TV he faintly recalled a few seconds of panic after the crash. All he knew was what he’d been told and what he’d seen from the dash camera video from the cop who responded to the accident.
And perhaps it’s better that way, because the crash was horrific and Johnson very well could have died trapped in his burning car. But ever since the police department shared that heartstopping video, many people have become aware of how close Johnson was to eternity.
“In the early hours of March 17, 2021, Officer [Andre] Chasse responded to a motor vehicle crash,” the Mechan