Woman who survived crash on SR-18: "I definitely believe that God spared my life"
NEAR TIGER MOUNTAIN, Wash. -- Washington State Patrol troopers now believe a part from a semi truck led to a crash on state Route 18 on Wednesday afternoon that killed one woman and sent another woman to the hospital.
"I saw a lady coming from… going east… right into my lane," Brenda Hoyt said. "I mean I had no time to react. Nothing. It just… we hit right then."
It was right at that moment that Hoyt remembers her air bags went off and she realized she had just been in a serious accident, she told KOMO News at her home on Thursday afternoon.
She was on her way home when a blue Ford Focus came right toward her from the opposite direction.
"And there’s no where I could go," Hoyt said. "I couldn’t stop. I tried. but I couldn’t stop."
State troopers said the woman driving the Ford Focus had just hit a driveline out in the road. It’s a part that runs from the power source of an engine to the back axle, troopers said.
It caused her car to spin out of control into the westbound lane right into Hoyt’s path.
Sadly, the woman did not survive. She was later identified by the Washington State Patrol as Kyung Cho, 57, of Federal Way.
Hoyt suffered a broken ankle, has a sore back, and injured her left knee.
"I think it’s just… I’m very lucky," Hoyt said. "I definitely believe that God spared my life."
Troopers now believe the driveline came from a semi-tractor that was being piggy-backed on another semi-tractor.
Somehow , it broke loose and fell onto the road.
"We understand that it’s totally understandable if they didn’t know it happened. But at some point, they’re gonna realize that they’re missing a driveline," Trooper Rick Johnson said.
Detectives want to talk to anyone who might know where the part came from, especially if you were traveling through the area between 4:15 p.m to 5 p.m. Wednesday. Dash cam video from commercial vehicles could also help the investigation, troopers said.
Hoyt is expected to fully recover from her injuries.
Her heart breaks for Cho's family.
"I had a breakdown this morning mainly because I found out about the other family," Hoyt said. "I’m very saddened because of that."