AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – An infant seriously hurt in a crash on Monday has been showing how strong she is despite just being just 6-weeks-old.
Lizbeth McComas remains hospitalized, but she’s been upgraded to serious condition and her neck brace has been removed. Her parents say she’s making good progress.
The accident happened on Parker Road just south of Lehigh near Cherry Creek State Park. A Jeep witnesses say was going about 100 miles per hour slammed into Shalimar McComas’ vehicle early Monday morning.
Shalimar, 35, was on the road at 2 a.m. because she just dropped her husband, Jason McComas, off at his job at Big Lots. She too was soon going back to work from maternity leave.
The McComas’ had been trying to have a child for five years. She’s their miracle child in many ways now.
“I was in the middle lane, was going 45 miles per hour. All of a sudden I had this big rush of push against me,” Shalimar said. “I was just like, ‘Okay, Lord help me.’ And then rolling in the ditch and I heard my baby crying.”
When the car stopped rolling Shalimar rushed to find her infant.
“Scrambling on all the sides of the car trying to get to her. It was very scary, but I knew I had to get to her, I just needed to get to her,” she said. “She was just making a faint moaning.”
Bandages, a neck brace, tape and tubes are now part of the recovery for baby Lizbeth. Shalimar escaped the crash with scrapes on her hand and head. Dad is thankful they’re both alive.
“I’ve seen smaller accidents that have caused more damage than this to a person, so it’s unbelievable. I thank God that he was looking out for her, and that he was looking out for our family,” Jason said.
Jason says he eventually wants to know why 21-year-old William Page was driving so fast and slammed into his family.
“We hope he does recover. We hope things go well for them. This is a sad time that the whole situation took place,” Jason said. “We’re simple people. We do our work and go home and we spend our time with our family.”
Shalimar and Jason say a lot of people have been calling asking how they can help. They are asking people to donate to Toys for Tots instead of them It’s an organization near and dear to them.
Page remains in critical condition. Police say the investigation is far from over and charges have not yet been filed.