DRAPER — Her family said she was a lacrosse player in high school.
But now, Sonya Wilson, 19, is in critical condition with two broken femurs in addition to a broken collarbone, cracked pelvis and other injuries after being hit head-on by an alleged wrong-way, drunken driver.
“I could hear the car crash, the windows shatter,” said Maddie McCurdy. “She just kept screaming, ‘My legs, my legs hurt, my legs are hurting me really bad.’”
Wilson was on her way to McCurdy's house for a sleepover early Sunday, talking to her friend on a speaker phone as she drove, when she was hit.
“Sonya was yelling out to (the firefighter) saying, ‘I don’t want to lose my legs. I don’t want to lose my legs,'" said Wilson's mother, Anita Wilson.
About 1:15 a.m., a car headed west in the eastbound lanes of 11400 South struck Wilson's car head-on near 800 West, according to police.
"The driver of the eastbound vehicle had to be extricated and suffered severe injuries to her lower extremities," according to a Salt Lake County Jail report.
The driver who allegedly caused the crash was not seriously injured. Bobbi Leigh Phillips, 30, of Midvale, was arrested for investigation of DUI causing serious injury, marijuana possession and driving on the wrong side of the road. A passenger in Phillips' car also suffered only minor injuries.
Wilson's family said she was attending college.
“She’s fun loving, happy, excited about life,” said her mom, Anita Wilson. “She did some modeling and she did some acting and now she can’t walk.”
Sonya Wilson had multiple surgeries on Sunday. Her family says she’ll be OK but it will be a long road to recovery.
“She’s strong. She’s one of the strongest people I know, and she’s going to get through this,” said McCurdy.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with medical expenses. The family does not have health insurance, according to the page.
"She will take over a year to recover enough to live normally. My family will need to set up the house for a wheelchair. Sonya will be in physical therapy for a long while. Thirty-six months for full recovery. She just finished her first semester of college and will have to postpone her education. Any help is appreciated," Wilson's sister wrote on the page.
In another incident, the Utah Highway Patrol responded to a crash Sunday about 8:30 a.m. on I-215 near 1500 East.2 comments on this story
A car heading west on I-215 near 1500 East hit the center concrete barrier for an unknown reason, and was launched over the wall into on-coming, eastbound traffic, according to the Utah Highway Patrol. It crossed through all the lanes of eastbound traffic before coming to rest, amazingly not hitting any other vehicles.
"We're lucky. We're lucky it didn't go any worse," said UHP trooper Colton Freckleton.
Two men, both approximately 25, were taken to a local hospital with serious injuries. The driver was placed into custody for investigation of DUI, Freckleton said.
Contributing: Tania Dean