UPDATE 11/1/2014 12:30 PM
26-year-old Kristin Beatty lives to race, she lives to train, Kristin Beatty lives to one day walk again.
"I want someone to look at me someday and say because of you I didn't give up. I just want my independence back," said Beatty.
Kristin is trying to find her balance through what's been a difficult few months. On June 8th, Kristin was involved in a two-vehicle crash on Route 14 at the I-77 overpass in Mineral Wells.
"I was on my way home that night and my car broke down. I pulled over. I had my hazards on. I was getting jumper cables out of the back of my car. The lady didn't see me and she slammed right into me when I was at my trunk and pinned me in-between both of our cars. I realized what happened. I saw how much blood I was losing. I blacked out a couple times. My hearing kept going in and out. I was just convinced I was dying from all the loss of the blood," said Beatty.
Kristin's right leg was amputated below the knee. Doctors told her she may never walk again. Certainly, never be an athlete.
"When I was in the hospital, I lay in bed and I thought I was either going to feel sorry for myself the rest of my life or I was going to go live my life. And I chose to live. I didn't want to be any different. I didn't want to give up the things that I loved," said Beatty.
Five-months-later, on the eve on another 5K, Kristin is training hard to prove the doubters wrong.
"I can still do everything that I used to with just a little bit of extra adaptive exercises," said Beatty.
The next morning, it's race day. This will be Kristin's third race on crutches. Her friend April will help guide her.
"I'm really excited to support her in chasing and her dreams and this means a lot to her," said April Swain, Kristin's friend.
"I've done many races over the years from 20K's down the 5K. And this is without a doubt the toughest course I've done in my life. It was challenging, many hills," said Richard Dearth, runner.
"Crutches have a tendency to get stuck in mud which we luckily haven't run into yet. But I have a good friend helping me, next to me and we're doing good so far," said Beatty.
Nearly two hours across the field, through the woods, and into the home stretch, Kristin proves sometimes finishing last really makes you number one.
"I love racing. I love the sport. I just love being there and seeing the finish line at the end of the race makes it all worth it. Love every minute of your life. It can change in an instant. You never know when you're going to say your last I love you to anybody. Find what your reason is for getting out of bed everyday and just hold onto it," said Beatty.
UPDATE 10/31/2014 5:50 PM
Overcoming the odds.
A woman told she would never be able to race or even walk again proves it all wrong.
Kristin Beatty lost her leg in a car crash just months ago.
Since then she has hit the gym and the pavement even harder - the 26-year-old refusing to let her injury define her.
Now she trains for another 5K.
Over the weekend she finished her third one since the crash.
She says some people told her she'd never race again.
"I can still live my life normal like I used to. I've had doctors tell me before that I'll never live a normal life or be an athlete again. I just didn't want to hear that and I wasn't going to believe it so I'm still here working out. I'm still doing races," she says.
She even did an obstacle race, called the Spartan.
We will have more on Kristin's story of finding balance in her life next week on WTAP News at 11.
UPDATE 6/9/2014 5:00 PM
A woman's car breaks down on Route 14 at the I-77 overpass just after 9:00 Sunday night.
Investigators say when she got out to fix it, another car crashed into her, pinning her between the two cars.
The Wood County Sheriff's Office says Kristin Beatty's car broke down there, so she went to get things out of the trunk to fix it.
They say that is when Christina Crawford was driving down the road and did not get stopped in time.
Investigators say Crawford slammed into Beatty's car pinning her between the two.
Beatty was first taken to a local hospital but then transferred to Charleston with incapacitating injuries.
The tow company handling the crash, Pifer's, says both cars were badly damaged.
Beatty was taken to a Charleston hospital where her leg was amputated above the knee.
Crews in Mineral Wells are investigating a two-vehicle crash that sent one woman to the ER.
It happened around 9:15 p.m. Sunday on Route 14 at the I-77 overpass.
Emergency officials say a woman who was driving a red Pontiac Sunfire was involved in a rear-end collision with the driver of a gray Honda.
The woman was rushed to the emergency room at a local hospital.
Pifer's Towing serviced the crash. They say both vehicles were badly damaged.
The Wood Co. Sheriff's Office is investigating.