Local teen pursues his goals despite tragedy; wins national Monster Energy Drink competition with custom motorized wheelchair
by Rene De La Cruz
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW
During a family hunting trip in the Sequoia National Forest, Austin Charters suffered a shotgun blast which severed his spinal cord and almost killed the then 12-year-old.
“A gun was accidentally dropped and it went off, hitting me in the neck,” Charters said. “At first I felt panic and then it was a weird feeling, both physically and emotionally.”