Fundraiser Planned To Help With Carey's Medical/Funeral Costs:
Wednesday, April 16th from 6 p.m. to Midnight
8552 Park Dr, Omaha, NE 68127
A teenager critically injured in an accident on Interstate 680 in Omaha a week ago died Saturday. Maranda Carey was 18.
"She was a fighter I think that's why she fought for the seven days that she did," said Lisa Carey, Maranda's mother.
Around three o'clock Saturday morning, after repeated attempts to raise Maranda's blood pressure and heart rate, her mother decided to end her daughter's fight.
Maranda was driving northbound when a car swerved at her near the Irvington Road exit just after midnight last Saturday, causing Maranda to lose control of her SUV. It went off the road and rolled over several times before landing on its top in the southbound lanes. Maranda and one of her passengers, Chey Harpster, were thrown from the SUV.
Maranda suffered skull fractures, fractures to her face, a broken and dislocated jaw, two broken arms, three broken ribs, a broken tibia and lacerated liver. She had been in a medically-induced coma.
Allegedly, the car never stopped. The family wants the driver held responsible for Maranda's death.
"It's just hard when you know you have to bury a child when you know somebody does this to her," said Lisa Carey, Maranda's mother.
"If it had just been simply an accident I think this whole family could have accepted it because accidents happen everyday. But this could have been avoided," said Tim Main.
Two other passengers, Gabriella Nichols and Tanner Marcoe, were also injured. They were just five miles from Maranda's home when the accident happened.
Police said they found a bottle of alcohol in the backseat of the SUV, but Maranda's mother says her daughter had not been drinking and that she checked with the nurse to confirm that drinking did not cause the accident.
"No drugs were in her system at all it all came negative so whatever they're saying that she was drunk she was not drunk," said Lisa.
“All you gotta do is come forward because this is a real sick thing you did," Maranda's uncle, Tim Main, told WOWT 6 News last Sunday.
“Do the right thing, Maranda's grandmother, Cathy Main, said last Sunday. "It makes me angry. Just think if you have a family and you have a granddaughter, what would you do?”
The car that swerved at the SUV was black and had tinted windows. It may have been a Dodge Challenger and driven by a man. If you can help police find the driver, call Crime Stoppers at 402-444-STOP.
The family was thankful that someone did stop to help.
“There was a couple that came down southbound," said Tim.