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Survivor of bus stop crash wants driver to pay

Survivor of bus stop crash wants driver to pay

By Katie Crowther. CREATED Sep 19, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A survivor of last Thursday's horrific bus stop crash near Spring Mountain and Decatur, is speaking out.

"Please don't let me die, I have two kids."  That's what Vakiaya "Kiaya" Corner says her message was to the paramedics who found her in the wreckage.

"All I could think about was my two children," Kiaya says. "I woke up in a pool of blood, which I was later told wasn't even my blood. I screamed out for help, and passed out."

The 29-year-old suffered severe head trauma, a knee injury, and lots of bumps and bruises. All she remembers of the crash is looking up just moments before impact.

"I was checking to see if the bus was coming and I saw the car," she describes. "It was swerving from lane to lane dramatically. It was out of control. I knew if it hit the curb it was going to land on the bus stop."

That's when Kiaya took off running. But, it wasn't enough. She was hit by a piece of the vehicle and thrown into the air.

Four other people who were waiting with her at the bus stop didn't survive. Now, more painful than her injuries, is the guilt Kiaya feels.

"I feel like I should have said something to everyone else and let them know the car was coming, but my first instinct was to get out of the way," she said. "It all happened so fast, I couldn't get the words out in time."

She'll never forget what she experienced. She only hopes the accused drunk driver is haunted by the crash for the rest of his life.

"I hope he thinks everyday of the people he killed," She says. "He ended lives with one stupid mistake."

Kiaya is expected to make a full recovery. She is experiencing severe headaches from the head trauma, and will need to undergo surgery on her knee.

She says she's thankful she survived, but her heart with with the families who lost a loved one.