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Crash victim recalls three days spent trapped in ravine

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Jenevieve Elliott spent 19 days in the hospital. She suffered a broken neck, pelvis, ribs, a shattered heel and multiple cuts and bruises. Jenevieve Elliott spent 19 days in the hospital. She suffered a broken neck, pelvis, ribs, a shattered heel and multiple cuts and bruises.
Jenevieve Elliott wrecked this car and was trapped for two nights after it veered off the road and down a steep embankment where it came to rest near a creek. She managed to crawl to the road where she flagged down a passerby. Jenevieve Elliott wrecked this car and was trapped for two nights after it veered off the road and down a steep embankment where it came to rest near a creek. She managed to crawl to the road where she flagged down a passerby.
Jenevieve was thankful to be alive to celebrate her daughter's birthday on May 29 after spending 19 days in the hospital following a car crash. Jenevieve was thankful to be alive to celebrate her daughter's birthday on May 29 after spending 19 days in the hospital following a car crash.

NEW WASHINGTON, Ind. (WDRB) -- A young woman climbed out of a ravine alive --three days after a terrible car crash. It was a sequence of events she barely remembers, but that forever changed her life.

After 19 days in the hospital, 24-year-old Jenevieve Elliott returned home with a new lease on life. Her daughter's second birthday is being celebrated quietly, with little frills, but it is one she won't forget. Her daughter turned two Wednesday, the day after she came home from the hospital.

"It's all the little things that you take for granted," Jenevieve said.

Three weeks ago, she flirted with death. The last thing she remembers is borrowing her aunt's car to go to the store.

"I went to Charlestown, got a gallon of milk, and was on the way back, and don't remember how I wrecked," Jenevieve said.

For reasons unknown to Jenevieve or authorities, she was driving down SR-62 when she over-corrected, and crossed into oncoming traffic, sending her car down a 30-foot ravine where it finally came to rest in a creek bed. When Jenevieve woke up, she was outside the car, unaware of her surroundings.

"I was out of the car, on dry land, but my arm was laying in the creek and it was freezing. I got up and I was hurt all over," Jenevieve said.

With a broken neck, pelvis, and ribs, Jenevieve remained in the ravine for two nights. She also suffered a shattered heel, and multiple bumps and bruises.

"I started yelling: 'somebody help me, find me, I'm down here' and nothing," Jenevieve recalled.

She covered herself with the trunk lining to keep warm, and drank water out of the creek to stay hydrated. On day three, she got the strength to climb to the side of the road.

"I was grabbing the roots of trees and branches, I was pulling myself up and tucking and rolling -- throwing myself up the hill," she said.

She was able to get 15 feet from the road when her body gave out. Finally she started waving, hoping a motorist would see her. After about an hour, a passerby spotted her and called 9-1-1.

"I remember hearing her turn around and at that point I thought I was hallucinating. Do I just want it so bad that I'm imagining it?" Elliott recalled.

But it was no dream. First responders were soon by her side.

"I've never been so happy in my life to see a Charlestown Cop ever," she said.

After days of praying for a rescue, she was being airlifted to the hospital. And on this day, May 29 -- her daughter's birthday -- she has never felt more lucky to be alive.

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