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Valley teen recovering from crash involving wrong-way driver near Holbrook

Posted at 10:11 PM, Jul 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-13 01:11:01-04

A Valley teen is out of the hospital and recovering less than a month after surviving a violent crash with a wrong-way driver. 

16-year-old Meckensy Toro spent two weeks in the ICU and is still recovering from eight broken ribs and a gash to the head. 

"It's crazy to think about, that I'm OK," Toro said. "Given...what happened."

Toro was part of a church group returning to New Season Christian Fellowship in Apache Junction when the crash occurred along I-40 near Holbrook last month. The crash killed both drivers, including a church camp chaperone, and injured Toro and four others. 

"It's hard getting better," Toro said. "It's hard...working towards it, but I want to get better, so I'm going to."

Toro told ABC15 she doesn't remember the crash, but says the impact was so violent she flew over the front passenger seat, and her head hit the windshield. 

Her parents, who were by her side while she was in the hospital, said they are amazed at her recovery as they reflect on a difficult month. 

"Realizing what could have been, how lucky she really is," said Meckensy's father, Jordan Toro. 

DPS has not yet determined why the 72-year-old driver was heading the wrong way. 

"Hug your family a little tighter," said Meckensy's mother, Cheryl Toro. "In an instant, your life can change."

A GoFundMe Page has been set up to help the Toro family with mountain medical bills. 

The family is also planning a fundraiser next month