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Garland car crash victim says thank you to witnesses

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

A destructive crash that blocked the intersection of Ash and Garland last week on Thursday, landed three people in the hospital. Two of them are now out but one of them is still in.

Witnesses say the driver of a green Ford Explorer was headed west on Garland when he blew through a red light and slammed into two cars.

He was arrested after witnesses followed him when he took off from the scene.

One of the victims of the crash, is sharing her story and thanking the people who rushed in to help.

It’s a car crash that Shanna Knoles won't forget any time soon. “I couldn't breath. I knew my husband was knocked out, he wasn't breathing," said Knoles. Her car was destroyed.

Knoles says she had just gotten married about 10 days ago. Her husband along with her were on vacation, heading to lunch. "We stopped at the light, at Ash. It was red. It turned green. We started to go. I heard my husband say, ‘Woah!’ and I turned to look out his door and saw a green Ford Explorer just coming really fast and hit us just square. I know we spun around at least three times. Sheer panic,” said Knoles.

She wasn't sure if her husband was alive.

Miraculously, witnesses came rushing to their aid. "It was pretty incredible actually. I heard someone trying to open my door. I really wasn't able to walk. He just swooped me up and carried me over and laid me on the grass. I remember a woman holding my hand, saying she was going to stay with me until the ambulance took me. I remember another woman asking me if she could pray with me which was exactly what I needed," said Knoles.

Knoles just got out of the hospital on Saturday. She's left with bruises and cuts but her husband is in worse shape.  "He unfortunately has many broken ribs, a punctured lung, a broken ankle, lots of bruising. He has difficulty even sitting up at this point. He's not able to walk on his own,” she said.

She's relieved the man responsible for causing the crash has been arrested but rightfully so, she’s still in disbelief. "I'm just so disappointed that someone could have such disregard for other peoples lives," she said.

However, in a time that was so traumatic, she's just so grateful for the people she’s never met, who jumped in to save the day. “I wish I could find out who they are and just say thank you," said Knoles.

Police say the man who was arrested is a man named Joshua Joe. He's charged with multiple counts of vehicular assault and remains in the Spokane County jail.

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