We’ve all had that feeling of deja vu before—moments where we think “I’ve been through this before. I know how this is going to play out.” Yet, sometimes, we’re too quick to judge.
When Sheli McCoy was just 3 years old, she lost her father—an army sergeant—in a car crash. Despite this, she always felt a deep connection to her dad.
So, when her car started skidding on black ice after she’d been visiting her friends near Bridge of Earn in Scotland, she was rather nervous as it could have spelled the beginning of the end for her.
He wasn't a hero, Known by the world.But a hero he was,To his little girl….If your having a drink today raise a glass for my dad. He would have been 59 today. ❤️️
Her four-week-old Jeep hit a fence, launching up into the air.
“I just held on to the steering wheel as tight as I could,” McCoy told the Evening Telegraph. “Everything just went completely still and I was upside down in the car.”
The car landed on its roof in a field. McCoy survived the initial impact but struggled to escape the car. Mud and debris were blocking the main exits.
“Then the roof caved in. It was like that scene in the film Titanic when you hear all the cracking before the ship splits in half,” she recalled. “That’s when I thought to myself, ‘this is serious’.”
To escape, she crawled to the other end of the vehicle and kicked out a window. Once she was out, she called her brother for advice. Then she talked to the police.
Grateful to be alive, she made a point of visiting all her old friends in the days after the accident.
The next day, she revisited the scene and found that she had very nearly split a power line. An electric worker assured her that she was incredibly lucky not to have died.
“Most intense situation of my life and one I’m grateful to be able to talk about now,” she wrote on Facebook.
While not an overtly religious person, McCoy believed that perhaps her father was involved in her survival.
“There was nothing I could have done—it was 100 percent a miracle,” she said.
“I don’t believe in fate and things like that but he must have been watching over me.”
Perhaps the most miraculous thing of all is how McCoy sustained no major injuries. All she had was whiplash and a cracked tooth: annoying for sure but not enough to keep her from her goals.
McCoy is an athlete and personal trainer, and plans to compete in the European Crossfit Championships at the end of the month.
The fact that she hasn’t given up on her goals despite her terrifying experience really speaks to her tenacity and commitment as an athlete.
Best of luck McCoy, both in the championship and out on the road!