Alyssa was critically injured in a car accident
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On July 30, 2014 Alyssa was less than 5 miles from her house driving on the I17 South through Phoenix. As usual the roads were clear and it appeared she had an uneventful drive ahead of her. Approaching mile marker 202 by the Thomas Ave exit she ...

On July 30, 2014 Alyssa was less than 5 miles from her house driving on the I17 South through Phoenix. As usual the roads were clear and it appeared she had an uneventful drive ahead of her. Approaching mile marker 202 by the Thomas Ave exit she noticed flashing police lights ahead and traffic began to slow down. Alyssa was driving in the fast lane going about 60mph and she slowly started to merge right... Then out of nowhere she noticed headlights from a vehicle driving the wrong way in the car pool lane... in less than 5 seconds a drunk driver hit her head on. After the crash she unbuckled her seat belt and attempted to lift herself to escape the car only feel her broken right leg bend in half. She finally exited the passenger side door and crawled on her hands and knees to the side of the road, during this time a lone tire rolled right in front of her. 

Watch below to see what happened to the car:

Alyssa was in surgery within the hour and suffered two broken bones in her right leg along with deep impact injuries from the seat belt- the same seat belt that obviously saved her life. After 5 days in hospital she was released to face a long and painful recovery.

Below are photos of her injuries: 

Pre & Post Op Xrays - same foot same direction!

Seat belt bruising

Superficial laceration from seat belt and abdominal swelling

Here are some facts about the accident:

  • This was the 7th wrong way driver accident in Phoenix since May with over half of them fatal- the week following her accident there was another one with four fatalities.
  • She was driving a 2006 Lexus ES 330, a nice big safe car and was hit by a 2001 7-Series BMW - a BIGGER and much heavier car
  • The driver that hit her was driving the wrong way for about 6 miles. He was rammed once by police, his tires survived nail strips and he side swiped a vehicle prior to hitting her head on.
  • The driver of the BMW was intoxicated and has 4 prior DUI's and cocaine possession.
  • The driver of the BMW was also a Doctor - an Anesthesiologist - although his license was revoked years back. He will be charged with multiple felonies.
  • Alyssa's broken both bone in her lower leg/ankle: ankle syndesmosis disruption, bimalleolar fracture, open - she cannot walk for 8 weeks and has about a year of physical therapy.
  • Follow these links to watch ABC and Fox report on the accident
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