LBJ crash survivor: 'I cannot leave my family'

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by MARIE SAAVEDRA

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WFAA

Posted on September 11, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 12 at 3:40 AM

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GARLAND — T.D and Charlyne Mullikin of Trophy Club were killed in Tuesday's tragic crash on LBJ Freeway.

They died when the driver of a Rizo Trucking dump truck somehow lost control, crashed over a median barrier and landed on top of their Lexus.

The driver of the other car caught in this crash lived. His name is Daniel Cerean of Garland.

"I was going to see a friend of mine in Carrollton," he said. "I was on LBJ, left hand lane. The next thing I remember, when I woke up, I had two tires on top of me."

Cerean spent much of Wednesday on the couch in a neck brace, covered in scratches, and so sore that sitting down is a challenge.

But he's still here.

"If I would have been moved an inch either way, I would have been dead," he said.

Cerean has a lot to live for — namely, Nicholas, Christopher, Victoria, Adina, Daniella, Mark, Faith and Grace.

His eight  children came close to spending the rest of their lives without their dad.

"I was thinking, 'I can't leave my family. I cannot leave my family. They need me. They're my babies, I can't leave them,'" Cerean recalled.

He credits divine intervention for saving his life, which puts everything into perspective. His focus now is healing, learning more about the cause of the crash, and getting comfortable with the idea of being back behind the wheel.

"I know I'm going to have to sooner or later, but right now... uh-uh," he said.

Cerean has no broken bones, but will be on pain medication for some time. He says his heart goes out to the family members of the couple from Trophy Club who died in the crash.

Investigators continue to look into what happened.

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