Debris victim attributes survival to higher power

Posted: 04/05/13 at 6:00 pm EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WHDH) -- The driver who had a large piece of debris spear his windshield on Interstate 95 Thursday morning spoke out about his brush with death.

Jeannot Menelas describes himself as a deeply religious man, and he firmly believes it was a higher power that saved his life during his accident. "I'm not supposed to be here, God made me here," he said. "For me, I can't get life. God gave me life."

The 38-year-old was driving south on I-95 near Southwest 10th Street in Pompano Beach. He was behind a truck when a piece of lumber suddenly fell off.

Menelas said he watched the wood in the air as if it was in slow motion. "They're coming like that," he said as he waves his arms above his head. "I see them coming, I can't do nothing, but they just come and they jumped, they jumped in the car," he continued.

The piece of wood pierced Menelas' windshield, the shot across the passenger side of his car, but missed hitting him. He doesn't even remember hitting the brake. "God stopped the car," he said. "When something coming like that, you can't see nothing. I don't see nothing."

Amazingly, Menelas was only sprayed with glass. He was checked out at the hospital, and if anything, this accident has reaffirmed his faith. "Nobody can help me. Tell God. Only God is going to help me with this one. Nothing [else] is going to help me. Only God. I believe that," he said.

The driver of the truck who had the piece of lumber that hit Menelas' car circled back and was cited by a Florida Highway Patrol trooper for not securing his load.

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