Meet Andrew Hattling
John Foy & Associates is pleased to introduce Andrew Hattling as the first recipient of our Survivor of a Car Accident Scholarship. Andrew, 18, a high school senior from Elk River, Minn., will attend Hamline University in St. Paul this fall.
Andrew’s powerful essay on surviving a car accident had an extra level of devastation. His accident was part of a planned suicide by a stranger.
Last February, Andrew drove his grandmother to dialysis, then had dinner with her. On his way home, a man leaped in front of his car, crashed into his windshield and died. Andrew found out later that the man had tried a few times before with other cars.
“I knew I was not at fault, but I still felt the pain,” Andrew wrote.
Interview with Andrew Hattling
Andrew has always been driven to succeed. He received an A.A. from Anoka-Ramsey Community College while in high school and will enter college with 90 credits. The accident, he said, taught him to slow down.
He read the New Testament twice, as well as at least 50 books and listened to hundreds of hours of podcasts. He turned to his parents, Rob and Lani Hattling, and sister, Emily for support.
Another injury swiftly came when the local news portrayed him as an irresponsible teen. Andrew, the captain of his high school’s cross country team and track and field team, knew that was wrong. But this taught him another lesson: “I have come to understand that true independence and confidence comes from within.”
He found strength from Alexander Hamilton, a man of service whose reputation was marred for centuries until the musical “Hamilton.” His essay is the title of the musical’s final song, “Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story.”
We are happy to be part of Andrew telling his own story.
John Foy & Associates is one of Georgia’s most respected car accident injury attorneys. With more than 30 years of experience, we know that the trauma doesn’t always end after a settlement. This $1,000 scholarship is our way of supporting a young person’s education after a car accident. For more information on the scholarship, visit our website.
Read Andrew’s story here.