IRVING, Texas - The lone survivor of a crash that killed two others in Irving earlier this week is continuing her recovery from serious injuries.
Karen Ware was the passenger in a car driven by her friend, 38-year old Tyrone Wilson.
The crash happened at about 3 a.m. on Monday, when a wrong-way driver collided with them, killing both drivers.
The vehicle driven by Wilson was westbound on Highway 183, near Belt Line Rd. in Irving.
The other driver was later identified as 40-year-old Sidney Leigh Dew, of Santa Ana, California.
Since the crash, Ware has been confined to a hospital bed, and her doctors say it could be up to a year before she fully recovers.
“It's a wonder she even survived, looking at the car,” Ware’s friend, Kameisha Shelton, said. “There's no front end, basically."
Ware was on her way home to Fort Worth with a friend when a split second changed her life.
“She didn't remember much. She did say she woke up and she saw her friend's head in the air bag, but she called his name and then she blacked out,” Shelton said.
Ware's family says she didn't even see the wrong-way driver coming.
She was pinned inside their car and had to be cut out by first responders.
Her leg was broken, her hip dislocated, and her face was swollen, bruised, and cut.
“Metal rod in her leg, and she has pins in her knees and her ankle,” Shelton added.
“When I saw the wreck, the car the next day, I cried even worse because it was a miracle,” Ware’s daughter, Taylor Williams said. “The car was smushed. There was really no car. I don't know how she made it.”
Ware's friend, Tyron Wilson, and the wrong-way driver were killed in the crash.
Ware's family says she and her friend were wearing seat belts, which they partly credit with her survival.
“It's just a blessing. God was over her watching her,” Ware’s daughter added.
Police say the crash is still under investigation. They're waiting for toxicology reports to come back on the deceased.
Ware's friends and family say they still have a lot of questions about how the other driver ended up going the wrong-way down 183.
“You don't have anyone to talk to to understand what happened,” Shelton said. “Why were you going the wrong-way? What caused this? Any of that.”
Ware is alive, but doctors say she still has a lengthy recovery process ahead of her.
“I know she's going to get through it because she's determined. I know she's determined, I see it,” Williams said.
Doctors expect Ware to stay in the hospital for at least two to three more weeks.
Her family is raising money to help with her mounting medical expenses.