Blind man hopes to make history at Bonneville Salt Flats

Blind man hopes to make history at Bonneville Salt Flats

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) – One dare devil has traveled across the country to attempt to go where no one has gone before.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) – One dare devil has traveled across the country to attempt to go where no one has gone before.

He's hoping to be the first blind person to drive across the Bonneville Salt Flats, unassisted. Proving no obstacle should stand in the way of your dreams.

Dan Parker was born with a need for speed. He started racing when he was 18 years old, but his life took a drastic turn in March of last year.

He was traveling at 175 miles an hour when he lost control of the car and slammed into a wall.

"They kept me in an induced coma for two weeks. When I woke up two weeks later they realized my optic nerve had been compressed and it left me completely blind," says Parker.

It was a long road to recovery and through months of rehab Parker realized life had certainly changed.

"Things that we take for granted, from going to the mail box to fixing breakfast in the morning, washing clothes to working on a motorcycle."

He was determined not to give up, especially on his love for racing.

He says even though he lost his sight, he didn't lose his vision.

"Being able to create and move forward in life."

Parker moved forward by creating a motorcycle he could operate.

"I basically designed this motorcycle in my head and with friends, we built it."

He built it to fulfill a life time dream of racing on the Bonneville Salt Flats. If he is successful he'll become the first blind person to travel across the flats, unassisted.

Guided through an ear piece he thinks he can hit up to 75 miles per hour. Cruising uncharted territory and setting an example for anyone facing challenges in life.

"I just want anybody that goes through an obstacle in life, whether it be a war veteran, somebody blinded, a cancer patient to realize they can get through it."

Parker is planning to make his run across the salt flats on Monday.

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