NC woman hit head-on at more than 100 mph, survives

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McDOWELL COUNTY, N.C. -- A North Carolina woman was hit in a head-on collision at more than 100 mph and survived.

Hannah Shea is now telling WLOS-TV that she’s lucky to be alive.

Authorities said the 20-year-old is recovering after the fiery wreck on U.S. 221 North near Tate Street in McDowell County Thursday night.

Officials said she was hit in her Chevy Cobalt by 21-year-old Alejandro Oroszo Cortes in a 1993 Honda Civic.

Cortes crossed the median into oncoming traffic and hit Shea head-on, authorities said. His vehicle overturned and caught fire and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

"I was so scared I was going be trapped in there," Shea said, according to WLOS-TV. "And I was just going to die, but I knew I had to get out."

Officials told the McDowell News that Shea was taken to the McDowell Hospital where she was treated and released.

Shea has scrapes and a severe bruise to her right knee but said she’s lucky to be alive. She said she remembers the exact moment leading up to the wreck.

“I know I had looked down at my radio and I saw out of the corner of my eye something was different – and I looked up and I saw his car coming sideways toward me across the highway.”

Shea said she climbed out of her driver’s side window. Cortez’s car caught on fire which ignited Shea’s car underneath. She said all she could see was fire.

Shea said a nurse stopped at the crash scene and helped her stay calm as medics rushed her to the hospital.

Shea’s mother said she is thankful her daughter is safe, but was too emotional to speak with WLOS-TV on camera.

The wreck temporarily shut down the 220 bypass for several hours. The crash is still under investigation.

“(Cortes) was killed, but he could have killed someone else," Shea said. "And it's just not worth doing all that."

Read more: WLOS-TV and The McDowell News

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