Nurse remains in ICU after crash involving alleged drunk driver

Published: Jan. 29, 2018 at 8:34 PM CST
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"Heart wrenching. Horrific," said Susan Berray.

It was a call no mother prepares for. It was hospital staff telling Susan Berray her 29-year-old daughter, Kirstin, had been in a horrible accident.

The hospital could not give her any more details.

"It was difficult to see her. There were tubes and instruments. When you see your child all your concerned with is...she's alive. She's a fighter."

Kirstin, or "Kiri" as her family calls her was out to dinner with her girlfriends. They try to get together once a month.

"She has friends that she's had since kindergarten which for me speaks volumes of a person. In this day and age, it's extremely rare to have your best friends that you had when you were five years old," said Katie Kuhl, Kiri's sister.

She left the sushi restaurant near 144th and Eagle Run. That's when Omaha Police says a drunk driver slammed into her Mazda.

"It's so hard to know that someone's choices have put her in a situation where she's on the other side of the bed," said Katie.

Kiri had emergency surgery to remove parts of her skull Saturday. She remains medically sedated and on a respirator.

"We'll celebrate each little thing that happens. Today we had eye flickers, so I thank God for eye flickers," said her mom, Susan.

Kirstin loves her dog, Lily. She just bought her first house. She is a nurse at Nebraska Medicine and has been in the health care field for ten years.

Her giving spirit has lead to an outpouring of positive support.

"I feel it. I know Kiri feels it. And if there's one things that people can do right now is to keep that up," said Susan. "It may take a lot of time but things are going to get better."

Kiri's family said her co-workers from Nebraska Medicine brought up coffee and treats for the nurses at Bergan Mercy who are taking care of Kiri. They said they wanted to take care of those helping her.

Omaha Police released a mugshot of 27-year-old Alexander Williams. He is facing multiple charges connected to Kiri's crash. Police say he was drunk at the time.

If you would like to help Kiri's family, they have set up a GoFundMe Page. Her sister says this is the first time the family has ever had to do this, and they are overwhelmed by the donations that are coming in.You can donate here by visiting her