The New York icon suffered a fractured lumbar and shattered vertebrae and underwent surgery on her lower back as a result.
Following the successful surgical operation, Martinez took a step back from work to recuperate and prioritize physical therapy. Eventually, she updated concerned fans on her health in late December after the radio veteran checked in with The Breakfast Club crew. During the episode, Angie said that she was going to be back on air in January 2020, and sure enough, on Monday (Jan. 7), the beloved Voice of New York made her long-awaited return to the airwaves.
While Angie said that she couldn’t “say too much” about the horrific incident “because insurance is still dealing with stuff,” the 48-year-old opened up about the frightful day. A minute-long snippet of her recount was posted to her Power 105.1 radio show’s official Instagram page on Wednesday (Jan. 8).
“I was swerving out of the way to miss another car [and] my car flew over a wall,” Angie recalled. “It was like a 10-foot wall. The car dropped straight down. Luckily, I had my seatbelt on, it was daytime….like Dukes of Hazzard in the air. [The car] flew straight down into some trees.
She continued: “When I tell you its miracle — God is amazing.They had to cut the tree to get me out of the car.” She also revealed that doctors “had to put something in [her] back” to hold it together after she fractured her vertebrae.
While she has a long road to recovery ahead of her, Angie said that she’s making progress through physical therapy and rehab. Even though some days are more taxing than others, Angie is still grateful for how far she’s come, nonetheless.
“The thing is, you get a little bit better, but then you have to work a little bit harder in physical therapy,” she concluded. “It’s a process I’m so happy to have...I’m very grateful.”
BET wishes Angie a speedy recovery and hopes she is back up to a full range of health, soon.
Listen to her full remarks in the minute-long video below.
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