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Rollover crash victim has long recovery ahead

Rollover crash victim has long recovery ahead

RICHLAND, Wash. -- Three people are in the hospital recovering from a violent rollover crash.

The crash happened on Sunday in Finley. Police said they believe alcohol and speeding led to the wreck, but they're still investigating who was behind the wheel at the time.

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“She could have been killed instantly,” said John Koontz, whose wife is now in the hospital. ”She’s very lucky. All of them are very lucky to be alive.”

Though the debris has since been cleared from the road, the families of the three thrown from a car in Finley are still picking up the pieces.

“It has been very stressful,” Koontz said. “It's been hard not knowing if your family member is going to live or die.”

John Koontz said his wife, Brandie, suffered a broken back, collar bone, a crushed pelvis, and internal bleeding.

“We have three kids together,” he said.

Koontz said Brandie is recovering from surgery Tuesday at Kadlec and has more surgeries to come.

“She was a devoted mom,” he said. “A stay-at-home mom. She's a good person, and she didn't deserve this.”

Koontz said because he's Jehovah’s Witness, he had to make a difficult choice--Whether or not his wife would receive blood transfusions.

“I had to give her the best shot possible to live,” Koontz said.

Brandie got the blood transfusions. And Koontz said he's at peace with that choice.

“She's had so much blood given to her from that internal bleeding that she absolutely would not be here without that blood,” he said. “And thank you to the people who do donate blood, because they do save lives.”

But Koontz said he still has questions--like who was driving the car--and when he can tell his kids their mom will be coming home.

Police said the 17-year-old in the car is in critical condition, and 22-year-old Kwame Tate is in stable condition. They're both at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

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