Former Scar The Martyr singer Henry Derek Bonner risked his life by crawling back into the twisted wreckage of his car to rescue his lyric book after cheating death in a horrifying crash.

The star, who now fronts metal band Thrown Into Exile, was hospitalised in California on Sunday night (11Jan15) after his car collided with another vehicle and flipped three times on the freeway.

Bonner is said to be making a good recovery, and he has now revealed he went to great lengths to retrieve his lyric book from his upside down car after the accident.

He tells Blabbermouth.net, "As most of you may know, I was involved in a serious car accident on the 101 freeway in Los Angeles... I am still waiting on the official police report. All I know for certain at this time is that the suspected drunk driver that hit me took off on foot, as his/her car was completely totalled... Needless to say, it was a traumatic experience and the scene itself was unlike anything I've ever been a part of... It's no small miracle that I am still alive. Hell, I even crawled back into the wreckage to retrieve my lyric book and my D'Angelo Cd. How f**king metal is that? As far as some are concerned, I should've just rolled over and died, then and there... The truth is: I'm not going anywhere anytime soon."

Bonner goes on to thank everyone who has contributed to a campaign raising money to cover his medical bills.

He adds, "I'd like to thank all of the wonderful people that have offered support, encouraging words and who have donated to the cause."

The drive had raised more than $900 (£563) as Wenn went to press.