One day last spring, Caven Ronald went to warm up the John Deere before tackling the morning’s project. But that day, the tractor didn’t cooperate. “Instead of just starting, it decided to go, and I couldn’t get out of the way,” says Caven, who knew firing up farm equipment from the ground was a no-no. But after the monstrous back tire rolled over him, crushing his pelvis, Caven is not likely to do it again. “I was on the ground, realizing this wasn’t going to turn out well.”
The night he ended up in a medically-induced coma, Nash (Stevie) Vigil had been helping a friend fix his car. The two had finished and were driving to a restaurant when another vehicle T-boned their car, crashing into Stevie’s passenger side. The impact propelled the 24-year-old’s head sideways, slamming it into his buddy’s head.