Officer David Slate said he spoke to the 25-year-old woman’s head nurse at Doctor’s Hospital in Modesto this afternoon. He said he was told she was doing much better.
“She’s going to make it,” Slate said.
The woman was injured when her Ford Escort was hit head-on after a 31-year-old Stockton woman drove her Ford Explorer pickup over the double yellow line on 11th Street between Banta and Bird roads at 11:35 a.m.
CHP officials said the pickup had been going east before it went into the westbound left-hand lane for several hundred feet before the impact.
The Tracy woman was trapped in wreckage, and firefighters had to cut her out of the crushed car. She was flown by a medical helicopter to Doctor’s Hospital with life-threatening injuries.
A woman who saw the crash and pulled over to help said she didn’t think the Tracy woman was going to survive. News of her recovery came as a shock.
“I am (surprised),” Janice Fristolera said when told of the news. “Wow. That’s great.”
The accident is still under investigation by the highway patrol. As of this afternoon, no criminal charges had been filed against the pickup’s driver.