Woman survives hit-and-run drunk driving crash, other driver arrested

Published: Apr. 2, 2018 at 8:38 PM CDT
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An Omaha woman is thankful after surviving a hit-and-run accident Sunday morning that left her injured.

What was supposed to be another routine drive for Kayla Ahrens became terrifying. She told 6 News she was on her way to a friend’s house around 3 a.m. Sunday when she was stopped by a red light at 96th Street and Giles Road.

The route was different from what she normally takes to get to her friend’s house.

“I’ve driven to their house 1,000 times, and then the one time I take a different road, it changes,” Ahrens said.

Ahrens said no other cars were on the road except for the lights she saw in her rear view mirror. Before long, the car coming toward hers didn’t slammed right into the back of her.

The driver of the other car, 43-year-old Michael Allen Harris, drove off after the accident. Police caught him shortly after, and he was arrested for a slew of charges, including driving under the influence and driving without a license.

“I’m alive, but I’m still hurt. You took a lot away from me,” Ahrens said.

Ahrens was taken to the hospital. She has a 1.5 inch gash on the back of her head held together with nine staples. She has bruises all over her body, and she’s incredibly sore.

This was the first accident Ahrens has ever been in, but what she found more surprising was what police told her about Harris. She said police found out Harris had been arrested for driving under the influence 10 other times.

"It would've been shocking if it was his second, but his tenth – I don't even have words for it. It just blows my mind. It makes me sick just to think about it,” Ahrens said.

Ahrens said she’s thankful Harris is behind bars and that the accident wasn’t worse. However, it doesn’t stop her from worrying about the future.

“What scares me is what happens when he gets out? I don’t exactly know what’s going to happen, but is he going to do it again?” Ahrens said. “Obviously he’s done it 10 other times, so that’s kind of a weird thing to think about.”

Ahrens is now very aware of others, but she said she won’t let the accident scare her from driving, which she said she loves to do.

She just urges people to reconsider getting behind the wheel after drinking.

Harris is expected in court Tuesday morning in Sarpy County.