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Mother of 3 fights back from crash caused by street racers

By JR Ortega
April 28, 2011 at 5 p.m.
Updated April 27, 2011 at 11:28 p.m.

Allyon Abete

Allyon Abete's 7-year-old daughter, Joslynn Donoho, leaned over the hospital bed railing and kissed her mother.

It was the first time she had seen the 25-year-old since she was injured Monday evening in a wreck caused by street racers.

Abete was turning east onto East Crestwood Drive from North Navarro Street when a truck racing with another vehicle slammed into her GMC Jimmy, flipping it over several times.

Abete was moved from the intensive care unit to a regular hospital room at DeTar Hospital Navarro late Wednesday, her sister Melinda Abete said.

Abete is bruised throughout her body, both internally and externally. She also will more than likely need surgery on her left hand because all the knuckles were shattered, said Melinda Abete, who remembers falling to the floor when she learned of the wreck.

"I was the one who got the first phone call when she was at the scene," the 22-year-old said. "All I was told was that she was responsive."

Abete, who works at Lowe's, had decided to take her lunch break at her sister's house. Melinda Abete was taking care of her sister's three children only several minutes away from where the wreck happened.

"She was almost to my house," she said.

In Melinda Abete's eyes, the wreck was bad.

Children's toys laid scattered around the crushed vehicle.

The driver who struck Abete, Raymond Guerrero, 19, then crashed into the side of a State Farm Insurance building. He was listed in stable condition at DeTar Hospital Navarro.

Victoria Police Officer Zachary De La Rosa said charges would be filed and the wreck was still being investigated.

Witnesses have identified the second vehicle as a Mazda RX8, De La Rosa said.

"There's a lot of work involved," said Traffic Sgt. Julian Huerta.

Melinda Abete said she feels for Guerrero and his family.

Despite the circumstances of the wreck, she said she hopes Guerrero gets out of the hospital soon.

"I hope he does come out with a recovery," she said. "He knew he could jeopardize someone else's life."

Abete's mother, Susan Ramey, drove from Dallas to visit her daughter Wednesday.

"It's been hard on me because I'm in Dallas. I've been a nervous wreck," Ramey said.

Although she could not be with her daughter physically, she called the hospital every two hours to get a status update, she said.

Abete is expected to be in the hospital at least another week, her sister added.

For now, Melinda Abete is taking care of her youngest nephew, 22-month-old Landon Donoho.

Abete's other two children, Joslynn and 5-year-old Trenton Donoho, are with their great-grandmother, her sister said.

Abete spent much of Landon's first year of life at the Ronald McDonald House in Corpus Christi because he had a bundle of vessels, known as a cavernous hemangioma.

Since then, Landon has gotten better and only needs check-ups, Melinda Abete said.

"I thank the Lord the kids weren't in the car," she said.

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