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Bellevue West basketball star thankful to be alive

The parents of a Bellevue West basketball star are grateful they get to see their son continue to play. Chucky Hepburn was involved in a car crash late Thursday night. He and his best friend made it out with no injuries, but the family knows it could’ve been a different conversation. “We’re definitely blessed to have him here,” said Meliza Hepburn, Chucky’s mom.Meliza and Greg Hepburn Jr. are glad to be at their son’s all-star basketball game — instead of a hospital room. “It’s just been struggling right now because last night it still didn’t hit me that I got into a car accident and it could’ve been very serious,” Chucky Hepburn said.Chucky was driving home with his best friend Thursday night when police say a suspected drunk driver hit the teens. “I’m one of those people that always thinks the worst and so getting that phone call was emotional for me,” his mom said.That call started with Chucky telling her he was OK.”I knew exactly right when I called, I knew my mom was going to freak out,” Chucky said.His parents say driving to the scene was one of the quickest, yet longest drives they’ve ever made.”Just moments, moments and it could’ve been a different outcome, it could’ve been a different conversation,” Greg Hepburn Jr. said.”Thirty minutes after I got home and there was a tweet going out about that GCU player that died in a car accident Tuesday night, so that just kind of put a little fear in my heart knowing that that could’ve been me,” the young basketball star said.Instead, the Wisconsin commit gets to play basketball with his high school friends one last time. And his parents will be there to cheer him on.”I just felt comforted and relieved that he’s able to be here, that we’re able to say ‘On Wisconsin,’ and look forward to the future of both of our sons,” his dad said.

The parents of a Bellevue West basketball star are grateful they get to see their son continue to play. Chucky Hepburn was involved in a car crash late Thursday night. He and his best friend made it out with no injuries, but the family knows it could’ve been a different conversation.

“We’re definitely blessed to have him here,” said Meliza Hepburn, Chucky’s mom.

Meliza and Greg Hepburn Jr. are glad to be at their son’s all-star basketball game — instead of a hospital room.

“It’s just been struggling right now because last night it still didn’t hit me that I got into a car accident and it could’ve been very serious,” Chucky Hepburn said.

Chucky was driving home with his best friend Thursday night when police say a suspected drunk driver hit the teens.

“I’m one of those people that always thinks the worst and so getting that phone call was emotional for me,” his mom said.

That call started with Chucky telling her he was OK.

“I knew exactly right when I called, I knew my mom was going to freak out,” Chucky said.

His parents say driving to the scene was one of the quickest, yet longest drives they’ve ever made.

“Just moments, moments and it could’ve been a different outcome, it could’ve been a different conversation,” Greg Hepburn Jr. said.

“Thirty minutes after I got home and there was a tweet going out about that GCU player that died in a car accident Tuesday night, so that just kind of put a little fear in my heart knowing that that could’ve been me,” the young basketball star said.

Instead, the Wisconsin commit gets to play basketball with his high school friends one last time. And his parents will be there to cheer him on.

“I just felt comforted and relieved that he’s able to be here, that we’re able to say ‘On Wisconsin,’ and look forward to the future of both of our sons,” his dad said.

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