A beautiful summer's day is a perfect opportunity to step back and think about how lucky we are to be alive.  That feeling may ring true for some more than others.

Take, for example, the driver of a car who was driving along Route 20 in North Kingsville, Ohio last week.  His compact car, a Honda Civic, left the roadway at a high rate of speed. The car hit a mound of grass and dirt and became airborne.  The car twisted sideways in mid-air.  It then slammed into a utility pole.  

The impact was so fierce that it caused the pole to move a few inches.   The vehicle immediately split in two. The rear of the car remained with the pole.   The front of the car, with the driver still inside, flew several more feet then crash-landed.  It then slid several additional feet before coming to rest near a fence. The driver not only survived, he walked away from the wreckage under his own power!

Kevin Hubbard is the fire chief in North Kingsville.   He expected the worst when he arrived at the scene and saw the Honda.

"I saw that it was split in two and when I saw the other end, I figured we probably were going to have a fatality,” he said.  

The chief was in for a surprise when he exited his car and saw the driver of the wrecked Honda.

“Then I got out of the car, walked up and he was standing there by the police officer.  He crawled out himself,” Chief Hubbard said.

Police Chief Shannon Krenisky says one of his officers was driving on Route 20 before the crash and saw the speeding car come towards him.

"He'd seen the vehicle and I do believe he estimated it to be doing about 80 to 90 miles an hour.  The vehicle passed so he went to turn around on it,” says Chief Krenisky.

It didn't take the officer long before he saw the mangled metal in two separate front yards along the highway. It's hard to believe, but the driver was ready for the officer’s arrival.

"He had his arm reached out of the car with his registration and insurance in hand,” says Chief Krenisky.

Emergency crews in North Kingsville have seen a lot of traffic accidents over the years.  Fire Chief Hubbard has been with the department for 22 years.  Police Chief Krenisky has been on the force for 15 years. They say this crash may be the worst one they've seen with the most surprising result.

"I would say, yeah, in my experience that's the worst I've seen,” says Chief Krenisky.  “Unbelievable that someone could actually walk away from that.”

Although the driver walked away from the wreckage, he still was hospitalized.   Family members told police he may be released as soon as today.  The driver is a 35-year old man from nearby Conneaut, Ohio.