First quadriplegic controlled car demonstrated at WPAFB

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When IndyCar driver Sam Schmidt was severely injured in a training accident 14 years ago and doctors told him he would never move his arms and legs again, they didn’t say he would never drive again.

That crash in January 2000 left Schmidt, 49, a quadriplegic. He did not think he would ever get behind the wheel of a car again, until he was approached last June by Colorado neurosurgeon Dr. Scott Falci, of Falci Adaptive Motorsports. The company had previously modified a race car for a paraplegic and they were ready to go further.

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