FERRIER FILES: 'There is hope' Woman survives 7 years of abuse, being run over by car

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Latasha Lee still won't say the name of her stepfather out loud, but now she's finally ready to tell her story.

In the end, she says it has always been about standing up and finding her voice.

Latasha loves her big, blended family. Six kids can be a lot to handle, so she works out of the home just to be there for them. She wants them to have a great life. Maybe because she didn't.

Her joy was stolen at just 14 years old. As a ninth grader in McGavock, her stepfather started abusing her. It went on for an agonizing seven years.

A terrible secret that almost left her hopeless.

"There is hope. When I was down and thinking I wasn't able to come through, there is hope. You have to find your voice and speak up," Latasha said.

Latasha's bravery almost cost her, her life. Her stepfather kidnapped her at knifepoint.

They were driving down Briley Parkway when he finally told her his plan.

"He pulled over and told me, 'If I can't have you, no one can.' He told me he was going to throw both of us off the bridge," Latasha said. "I was scared. This is the end of my life."

Latasha begged him to take her home, that they could work it out. That's when she jumped out of the moving car, but she didn't make it all the way.

"My backside hit the pavement and he had me by the air, drug my body down the asphalt," Latasha said.

Finally, Latasha broke free, rolling several times down Briley Parkway. She got up and started running.

She noticed a police car parked at the exit. She though if only she can make it, but then heard her stepfather speeding up behind her.

He crashed into her. Witnesses said she flipped 10 feet into the air before smashing into the windshield and blacking out.

"No broken bones, no internal bleeding, no concussion. It was like there was an angel there with me that day," Latasha said.

Her stepfather William Nelson jumped into the Cumberland River and killed himself.

It was over, but not really. So much pain lingered, pain that would last years. She couldn't even drive down Briley Parkway.

But then the woman who never knew a good man, found a prince in a laundromat: George Lee, her sweet, patient and loving husband.

"You know when she would having nightmares, I never knew what to say. I would just hold her," said Lee.

George convinced her to go to counseling. Now, Latasha says she has discovered a different life.

"He turned my life around from dark gray to shining stars," laughed Latasha.

Now, Latasha buries her past in a journal. Another way to use her voice, a voice that saved her life.

"I enjoy every day of my life. Because for me, I am reborn," Latasha smiled. "I got a second chance."

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