Mormon missionary, 25, who was hit by a taxi returns to Australia to forgive the driver 


A Mormon missionary who suffered a traumatic brain injury after being hit by a taxi has returned to Australia to forgive the driver five years later.

American Kendal Levine, 25, met the taxi driver for the first time during a speaking tour of the country in Canberra on Friday. 

The pair returned to the spot where Ms Levine, from Utah, was struck by the taxi after it veered off the road in September 2014.

Ms Levine, who was 20 at the time, was standing at the side of the road and taking a picture of a double rainbow when she was hit. 

She had part of her skull removed and doctors feared she would never walk or talk again.   

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints missionary has made a remarkable recovery and is now able to walk with assistance, almost five years after the crash. 

Ms Levine said she had ‘zero hard feelings’ toward the man who almost killed her. 

‘He changed my life forever in a more positive way than I could have imagined!’, she wrote on Facebook. 

‘He felt bad until I told him that I hold zero hard feelings for him. 

‘Things have turned greater than expected!’   

The taxi driver brought a bouquet of flowers for Ms Levine when they first met. 

Ms Levine’s mother Melody said they delayed their flights so they could meet the man.

‘It was beautiful, relieving and healing for both he and Kendal,’ she said on Facebook.

‘He is an amazing kind man as well as his wife and family. 

‘We all became quick friends and enjoyed an evening together with way too much food.’  

Canberra tradesman Brendan Fearn pulled Ms Levine from under the taxi after the crash almost five years ago. 

He joined her and the taxi driver when they returned to the spot where the crash happened.  

The three of them signed a nearby tree to commemorate their reunion.  

Ms Levine also met the medical team who saved her life while she was in a month-long coma before being flown to the US at Canberra Hospital. 

The 25-year-old left the country on Monday after a month-long stay in Australia and New Zealand where she spoke at Mormon temples and firesides.  



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