VIDEO | Boyle Column: Paul Endry Retains Optimism Despite Accident, Paralysis

Aug 16, 2018 11:50 AM ET

Sometimes a major burnout — especially one fueled by a 900-horsepower Corvette race car — is just good for the soul.

Judging by the smile on Paul Endry's face Tuesday afternoon after he launched into a couple of high-octane doughnuts in the former Sears parking lot at Asheville Mall, it was a home run in the soul-stimulation department.


by John Boyle, Asheville Citizen Times

On April 2, 2017, Endry, an optometrist in Asheville for over three decades, had his own encounter with a life-altering accident, one that also left him mostly paralyzed from the shoulders down. Tuesday was the first time since his accident that Endry has driven a car — the SAM car is operated solely by head movements, with puffs or sips of air controlling acceleration and braking, and head turns tracked by special glasses steering the vehicle.

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