South GA car wreck survivor graduates high school after years of obstacles

South GA car wreck survivor graduates high school after years of obstacles
Hannah Croker will graduate from Baconton Community Charter School on Friday night. (Source: WALB)
Four years after a tragic accident that left Hannah with severe spinal injuries, she will cross the stage as a high school graduate. (Source: WALB)
Four years after a tragic accident that left Hannah with severe spinal injuries, she will cross the stage as a high school graduate. (Source: WALB)
Glinda Croker said she will have tears in her eyes when her daughter graduates Friday night after all she's been through. (Source: WALB)
Glinda Croker said she will have tears in her eyes when her daughter graduates Friday night after all she's been through. (Source: WALB)

BACONTON, GA (WALB) - A Baconton teen wants to inspire others as she gets ready to take her high school diploma.

Hannah Croker was seriously injured in a car crash that left her paralyzed in her arms and legs in 2014.

Since then, Hannah has used art to express herself and inspire others and now she has a new goal, graduation.

The journey for Hannah and her family to graduation day has been a difficult one.

It's been four years since her tragic accident and she has faced troubling hardships, even during this school year.

On Thursday, the day before her graduation, Hannah reflected on those obstacles and said she wants to inspire others.

"I been told her she'll see me cry tomorrow, but it's happy tears," said Hannah's mom, Glinda Croker.

Glinda said she won't be able to hold back tears at her daughter's graduation Friday night because she never thought the day would come.

"There's been few points in between these last three and a half years that I believe that we would have been planning her funeral verses her graduation," said Glinda.

Glinda recalled the moment in 2014 when she learned Hannah had been involved in a car accident with her stepsisters. An accident that almost ended Hannah's life.

"They didn't look for her to survive in the airlift to Atlanta, let alone make it to her senior year," said Croker.

Four years later and Hannah is a survivor, but she still deals with complications like going in and out of the hospital four times this school year alone.

Through those obstacles, she said there's only a few things that got her to this point.

"My teachers, friends, God, my community, my church, if it wasn't for them, I would be screwed," said Hannah Croker.

Hannah had a piece of advice for anyone who's been given bad lemons in life.

"Keep going, cause if you don't then you'll never have a glass of lemonade," said Hannah.

Since she has a love for animals and people, Hannah plans to start a career as a zoo educator after graduation.

Hannah's family said she will also continue her community volunteer projects.

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