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Man survives horrific car crash, proposes to girlfriend in ER

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 8/03/2017 NANCY DILLON
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He wasn't about to let a near-fatal car accident wreck his plan to pop the question.

Jamacio Kimble, 20, was injured, medicated and wearing a hospital gown in a Tennessee emergency room last week when he still managed to get down on one knee and ask the love of his life to marry him.

A video of the magical moment posted on Twitter quickly went viral. It shows bride-to-be Kayla King, 21, breaking down in tears as Kimble presents her with a diamond ring.

"The original plan I was going to propose to you at church, but…" Kimble says before gingerly lowering down on one knee despite his obvious physical trauma.

It was the one-year anniversary of the couple's first date, and he was on his way to propose at their church when he lost control of his car while turning on a slick road after a recent storm.

"With a punctured thigh and bruises all over your legs and hand so beat up, you got down on one knee and asked me to be your wife. Never have I ever been so proud of you and the man that you are," King said in a Facebook post announcing the engagement.

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"I am so blessed that you are still here," she wrote.

"I wanted to pop the question because God spared my life to live, and I didn't want to wait one more breath without asking her to marry me," Kimble told ABC News.

"Honestly, I was on a bunch of meds when I proposed," he said. "But, once I asked her, all I could think about is her saying 'yes' and me getting to spend the rest of my life with her."

The Hiwassee College student and baseball player originally had an elaborate plan to propose to King with flowers and specially selected music, he said.

But then he hydroplaned, went down an embankment and slammed into a power pole. His car was totaled, but he managed to break out of the wreckage with his baseball bat, he told WVLT.

Fortunately, he had given the engagement ring to King's mom for safe-keeping before the horrific accident, ABC reported.

King said she raced to the scene and was struck with terror when she saw the badly mangled car before laying eyes on Kimble.

"I got on the ambulance where he was laying on a stretcher in a [cervical] collar and he explained to me, 'I'm sorry Kayla. I'm so sorry,'" King told ABC. "And I said, 'Why are you sorry? Things like this happen.' He said, 'You don't understand, Kayla. I was coming to propose to you.'"

After a series of scans and X-rays at Sweetwater Hospital, King was given the all-clear and quickly resumed his plan.

"We walk out and then all of our family, friends, his coach and a lot of people from church were there, and he stands up and gets out of his wheelchair and I'm like, 'What are you doing? You need to rest,'" King told ABC.

"It took me a couple minutes to figure out what was going on. At that point I had completely forgotten about him proposing, and I definitely didn't think he was going to do it in that moment. I just figured he'd put it away for another day," she said.

"I wanted to hug him and grab him and squeeze him, but I didn't want to cause him more pain," she said.

The couple is now planning a spring 2018 wedding.

"So overwhelmed," Kimble wrote in a Twitter post Monday.

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