Woman Who Survived Week in Crashed SUV Wakes Up in Hospital
SEATTLE – A woman who survived more than a week in the wreckage of her sport utility vehicle woke up in her hospital bed Monday and told her husband she remembers making a 911 call, he said.
"She was very coherent and she remembered being trapped, which is kind of devastating all by itself, and she believes she made a 911 call," Tom Rider told The Associated Press.
It was not clear if the call was made. Tom Rider he has asked authorities to review his wife's cell phone records.
Investigators believe his wife, Tanya Rider, ran off the road Sept. 20 while driving home after working an overnight shift at a department store. Search crews using cell phone technology found her Thursday in her mangled SUV in a ravine off a highway in Renton, southeast of Seattle.
Tom Rider has bitterly described his fight to get authorities to search for his wife. Last week, King County Sheriff Sue Rahr ordered a review of all 911 calls related to the case, saying that if any mistakes were made, they'll be addressed.
"The only reason I'm giving the governor and the sheriff the benefit of the doubt is that her mind could have played tricks on her being trapped for eight days," Tom Rider said.
A King County sheriff's spokesman did not return a call for comment Monday.
Rider said he has not reviewed the registry of outgoing calls on his wife's cell phone, but doesn't believe the call would show up because 911 calls he made recently on his cell phone don't show up among his outgoing calls.
The 33-year-old woman was taken to the hospital in critical condition suffering from kidney failure, dehydration, a badly injured left leg, a broken collar bone and a deep gash on her forehead. She was upgraded to serious condition on Sunday.
Tom Rider said Monday his wife was "doing much better than anyone could ever expect." He said she was undergoing surgery for damage to her forehead, and to close up skin on her injured left leg, which doctors have said they hope they will not have to amputate.