Victoria woman relives moment of wreck, continues recovery
May 10, 2011 at 12:10 a.m.
Allyon Abete had the right of way.
Next thing she clearly remembers, is people surrounding her, trying to tend to her sore, badly bruised body - the smell of a torn apart engine filled her lungs.
"It sounded like a shotgun," the 25-year-old said sharply about the wreck that happened at the intersection of North Navarro Street and East Crestwood Drive on April 25.
Raymond Guerrero had been street racing another vehicle north on North Navarro in his orange, black-striped pickup when he slammed into Abete's small sport utility vehicle as she was turning left onto East Crestwood Drive.
The impact caused her car to spin out and roll over about three times.
Guerrero's truck also hit an insurance office building.
The Victoria Police Department has presented paperwork to file felony racing charges against the 19-year-old, said Sgt. Julian Huerta. But as of Tuesday, official charges had not been filed.
The driver of the second vehicle has not been found.
The wreck may have been cleared in a matter of hours, but there is a wreckage that can't be cleaned up; and that's the toll the wreck has had on Abete's daily life as a mother and an independent person.
Abete had a non-protective green light, but had enough clearance to make the turn, she said.
"As I turned and glanced again, he was there," she said in a shaken tone. "He was going so fast."
Then came the sound of the impact. Shattered glass cut her face and the seat belt locked, digging into her waist and chest.
The seat belt marks, almost three weeks later, are faint, but visible.
"My shoes came off," Abete said, still pondering how that happened.
Her hands were frozen solid in the air. They were numb. Same for her legs.
Her left hand had several shattered knuckles.
"Everything was hurting," she said.
Abete remembers flipping over, but it happened so fast, she said.
Abete spent about three days in the intensive care unit at DeTar Hospital Navarro for internal bruising. She was then moved to a regular room and was monitored closely until she made enough progressive to go home.
Because she's still recuperating, she is staying with her younger sister, Melinda Abete, while her three kids are staying with their father's mother.
"I'm sure he doesn't see what I've lost," she said of Guerrero. "I can't even support my family."
The hardest part was being unable to fully celebrate Mother's Day with her kids.
For now, Abete is living on the bottom floor of her sister's apartment. She's unable to go upstairs, so she has a portable potty for the days when the pain is too much.
Abete knows she will get back on her feet, but right now, a normal lifestyle is looking distant.
Her car, which she had finally paid off, was totaled. The bills from her hospital stay and the numerous scans the hospital performed are stacking up into the thousands of dollars.
Guerrero did not have insurance.
And being a single mother who works part-time at Lowe's, she's unable to do a lot financially.
"I hope he's OK, of course," she said.
During her hospital stay, Guerrero's mother stopped by to visit with Abete, but Abete said she was not emotionally ready for that visit.
A pot of flowers sits on the window sill of the apartment - a gift from the Guerrero family.
Her oldest daughter, Joslynn Donoho, 7, still worries about Abete. Her other two children, 5-year-old Trenton Donoho and 22-month-old Landon Donoho, are not taking it as hard.
Abete is looking to get back on her feet.
She had a follow-up doctor's appointment Wednesday for her shattered hand. Everyday, the soreness becomes less and less, although she still wobbles around.
"It's taken so much from me," she said. "I had never been in a wreck."