Update: Driver Who Survived Horrific Crash Cited

A 20-year-old woman was hospitalized in stable condition after her car fell about 15 feet off a ledge and into a parking lot in Papillion Wednesday afternoon. For those working nearby, it was something they never expected to see.

It was anything but normal for Angie Darnall and her co-workers at Ming's Restaurant. “We saw all of these cars stopping and running out and we could tell that someone, there was tracks, we could tell someone had gone over the curb."

Kirstyen Ausenbaugh was southbound on 84th Street in her 2005 Hyundai Elantra, just before 1 p.m. Police say she lost consciousness. Her car crashed down an embankment and dropped off a retaining wall, landing upside down in the lot of the Target store.

Police say Ausenbaugh was huffing from an aerosol and has been cited for intoxication and reckless driving.

The car now sits at the Sarpy County Impound Lot. After seeing what kind of condition it was in, the worst was feared. “We didn't see the ambulance drive by with the lights on so it was kind of a sad and somber day yesterday," said Chelsie Sinnett at Ming's Restaurant. "We thought she didn't make it."

They're just glad she's okay. “It's amazing that she survived that," said Darnell. "It looked awful, but it was neat to see that many people stop and try to help her, I guess."

Police say Aussenbaugh likely survived the crash because her car at first landed on the passenger side, taking the bulk of the impact.


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