RICHWOOD, Texas -- Michelle Craig considers herself a fighter, but nothing could have prepared her for the recent fight of her life.

Nearly six months ago, Craig and her husband stopped at an intersection along FM 2004 in Richwood when they were slammed from behind.

The teen who struck them had been texting and driving. On Friday, Craig returned to the scene.

I don t think of that s the place that I almost lost my life, she said. I always think, you know, that s the place where God saved me.

The impact sent their car flying across the road and into a ditch. Craig s husband walked away with minor injuries, but she had airlifted by Life Flight to the hospital.

Her injuries included 11 fractured ribs and a punctured lung. She had to get a chest tube.

Part of what I remember is hearing them (the EMT s) say that I wasn t going to make it, Craig said.

Her recovery has since been little short of miraculous. And now, she hopes her life can somehow help others.

Craig is attending as many council meetings as she can, while appealing to anyone who will listen. Her goal is to see every town in Brazoria County enact an ordinance that makes distracted driving illegal.

I want this to make people think, she said.

Next month Craig believes Richwood could become the first to make the change, and that Lake Jackson could follow soon.

She is certain her mission will one day save lives.

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