LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A heartbroken family is trying to pull themselves together after a horrible crash left their daughter seriously injured and her spouse dead.
The crash claimed the life of 30-year-old Ivana Rushfield on Friday, Nov. 11. Rushfield’s passenger, who was also her wife, Caylie Harkness, suffered serious injuries to her legs.
The newlywed couple was married five months ago but the crash shattered their dreams of a future together.
“She said mom, ‘she was my person. She was my best friend and I don’t know who I am without her.’ It’s our job as her parents to help her figure that out,” said Donna Harkness, Caylie’s mother.
Donna says at the time of the crash, Caylie, who was trapped in the car, held Ivana’s hand while she took her last breath.
The crash happened Friday morning on the 215 Northern Beltway as the women were driving home from work.
“We know that a commercial concrete truck was broke down and that choked the lanes to one lane. We know that they never understood the danger,” said Chuck Harkness, Caylie’s father.
The 26-year-old is hospitalized and faces a long recovery.
“She has multiple fractures in both legs, compound fractures in both ankles, a fracture below her knee, rods, and plates,” said Chuck.
As the family prepares for Caylie’s physical recovery they are also preparing for hefty medical bills.
According to the family’s GoFundMe page, three days after the crash, Caylie’s hospital bills already reached $80,000. Caylie has insurance through her parents but it expires Friday when she turns 26.
While the family focuses on helping Caylie heal her physical wounds, they know it will take longer for her emotional wounds to heal as she mourns for her lost love.
“I also spoke to Ivana’s parents and they want everyone to know that she was their princess,” said Donna.