The lone survivor of a head-on crash that killed two Texas women continues to recover in a Shreveport hospital.
Audra Johnson’s family says she has made improvements daily since the Feb. 27 accident. Though the family is mourning the loss of their loved ones, they are encouraging others to save a life by donating the gift of life.
A blood drive is underway at University Health in Shreveport. Donations will be accepted until 4 p.m. in the hospitals’ atrium. Donations will also be accepted at any local Lifeshare Blood Center.
An investigation into the accident is ongoing. Police say an eastbound vehicle, driven by Ryan Milliken of Monroe, crossed the median just before the Airline Drive exit on I-20 in Bossier City, striking a vehicle head-on in the westbound lane.
The driver of that vehicle, identified as Heather Hudman of Longbranch, TX, and a rear seat passenger, identified as Marcy Johnson of Karnack, TX, were pronounced dead at the scene. Audra is the daughter of Marcy Johnson.
Funeral services for Heather Hudman were held earlier this week. Services for Marcy Johnson are still pending.
According to BCPD, Milliken stated that he dropped an item on the floorboard and reached down to pick it up when his knee hit the steering wheel, causing him to lose control. Milliken sustained a broken ankle and other minor injuries. He is expected to recover.
According to statistics, someone will need blood every two seconds and just one donation can save up to three lives. With all the incredible advances in modern medicine, there is still no manufactured substitute for human blood.
One in three people will need blood in their lifetime. If you don’t need blood, it’s almost certain that someone you know will.
Anyone age 16 or older who meets minimum height and weight requirements and is in good health can donate blood. Sixteen-year-olds must submit a permission form signed by a parent or guardian.
For more information, visit http://www.lifeshare.org/.