Renewal and Recovery: The Jon Wilhite Story
APR 09, 2014 11:03p ET
Five years ago today, 22-year-old Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart was killed in a car crash just hours after he pitched six scoreless innings in his debut start of 2009 against the Oakland A's.
Two of his friends, 25-year-old Henry Pearson and 20-year-old Courtney Stewart were also killed when a drunk driver broadsided their car when the group was seconds away from where they planned to celebrate Adenhart's promising performance.
Jon Wilhite, a former Cal State Fullerton catcher, was the lone survivor in the accident, and his journey back to health was anything but easy. His skull was separated from his spine and his family was told his chances of surviving were grim after he had been decapitated internally. Months later, he was back to walking, talking and swallowing on his own, and just 14 weeks later he threw out the first pitch at a Cal State Fullerton baseball game.
Shortly after the accident, FOX Sports West caught up with Wilhite to reflect on the weeks after the accident, how he coped with tragedy and his long road back to recovery.
Watch the show in its entirety below: