Teen talks about car crash, police say alcohol might have been a factor


COLUMBUS, Ohio - If you are looking for an excuse to be thankful this holiday season, just listen to Alissa Archer.

"My collarbone is fractured," she said. "So is my shoulder blade. I got surgery on my femur because it snapped. My hip is fractured. My nose is shattered. Oh, and my lung is bruised."

Archer, or "Ali" as she likes to be called, will be the first person to tell you she is thankful to be here.

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"I didn't even think it was that bad and then when I saw those pictures that's when I realized, like, I'm lucky to be alive," she said.

This is the vehicle Archer was in while her friend was driving when they got into a crash on Sawmill Road.

One week ago it happened at the intersection of Presidential Parkway and Sawmill Road. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Archer was riding with a friend who is also 16 and they were headed south on Sawmill Road.

Investigators said another driver failed to yield at a stop sign while turning north onto Sawmill Road and the two vehicles met almost head-on.

The report states responding EMS smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from that other driver. 10TV is not identifying that person because they have not been charged. Police said a warrant was issued for a blood sample and it was taken from the person while they were in the hospital.

While that blood sample has yet to be finalized, 10TV wanted to know more about the intersection of Presidential Parkway and Sawmill Road.

The Delaware County Engineer's Office says between 2015 and 2017 there were 11 crashes at the intersection. None of them were fatal. But, it is enough to cause concern and now officials are looking at different possibilities for changes.

Short-term changes could mean reducing speed, providing enhanced enforcement and adding signs. Long-term could be single-lane roundabouts, saying it would be the "most effective" solution.

Even if it turns out the other driver was drunk, Archer said she is not mad. But the competitive cheerleader, who has been competing since she was 4 years old, has a long road ahead of her and it could be at least six months before she can rejoin her squad.

"[My mom] says every time I leave the house to be careful and I'm like 'Mom, I'm not a bad driver' and she always says 'Well, it's not you, it's other people'," Archer said. "I'm always like 'It's fine, nothing's going to happen' and then that happened."

She and her mother, Amy Medders, are using this time to warn other drivers about the dangers on the roads and to be thankful for what they have.

"She's strong," Medders said. "Very, very strong. And, I know she can get through it. I know she'll get through it."

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family with medical bills. If you would like to donate, click here.