Survivor of wrong-way crash on I-17 speaks from hospital


by Natalie Brand

Posted on November 19, 2013 at 6:19 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 19 at 6:20 AM

PHOENIX -- After seeing images from Friday night’s crash on the I-17 involving a wrong-way driver, suspected of DUI, Holly Moran is surprised her injuries aren’t more serious.

“I’m just so thankful to be here,” Moran said. “I know that kind of impact should have killed me.”

Moran was behind the wheel of her Toyota Corolla when another driver got on the freeway headed in the wrong direction and slammed into Moran head-on. Moran’s 13-year-old daughter was in the passenger seat.

"She said I kept asking, ‘What happened, what happened? Why is my foot hurting? Are you OK?'"

Moran told 3TV she doesn’t remember much about the crash. She, her daughter and the wrong-way driver were all flown to area hospitals. The crash involved two other cars. Those drivers suffered less serious injuries.

DPS officers are still investigating but say the driver at fault, a 62-year-old woman, showed obvious signs of impairment.

"She could have taken our lives," Moran said. "Whether it was a one-day mistake, or if it was a mistake she makes every day, it's not a good choice either way."

DPS said the wrong-way driver will likely face charges, pending toxicology results.  Currently, she remains hospitalized.

Moran expects to be in the hospital for a couple more days.  She suffered serious injuries to her ankle, hip, and tailbone among other injuries.

Her daughter was released from Phoenix Children’s Hospital and is now recovering at home.