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November 12, 2013

Crash victim loses both legs

Haverhill man still vows to live full life

HAVERHILL — It happened in an instant and changed his life forever.

But Anthony Spinelli, 20, of Haverhill said the loss of his legs in a motorcycle crash last month isn’t going to prevent him from having a career or taking part in the sports he loves.

He said he still wants to get a job in federal law enforcement and is eager to return to school, as well as get back to surfing at Salisbury Beach and to competitive shooting, which is his greatest passion.

“He can’t wait to get back to the things he used to do,” said his father, Nick Spinelli. “Because of the technology that’s out there with advanced prosthetics, he hopes to be as close to the way he was as possible.”

A junior at Framingham State College majoring in criminology, Anthony Spinelli was driving his motorcycle on Route 9 west in Framingham on the night of Oct. 19 when he lost control as he approached a curve about 11:30 p.m.

His motorcycle crashed into a guardrail and he was thrown into the path of a car traveling east. He was on his way to visit his girlfriend, Grace Waterhouse, at her home in Westford, his parents said.

Anthony Spinelli said he remembers every detail of the crash.

“I hit a guardrail, got thrown into the oncoming lane and got run over by a Honda Civic,” he said. “I lost one limb and the other was crushed, and I lost four and a half liters of blood, yet I survived.

“I was laying there taking deep breaths and focusing on staying conscious,” he said.

Just moments after the crash, Nick Spinelli got a phone call at his Haverhill home. A young woman who heard the crash from her nearby home ran to the scene of the accident and put her cell phone on speaker phone for Anthony Spinelli.

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