CLEVELAND -- It's been a little more than three months since five Alpha Xi Delta Sorority sisters from Bowling Green State University set out on a drive to the airport for sun, fun and sand in the Dominican Republic.
They never made it to the airport. Just ten minutes after they got on the road a woman driving the wrong way on the interstate hit the car full of girls head-on killing three of them.
The Alpha Xi Delta Sorority at BGSU calls the victims, Rebekah Blakkolb, Christina Goyett, and Sarah Hammond, their "angels."
The two girls that survived the fiery crash are showing that those angles are giving them strength each and every day.
After multiple surgeries and extensive hospital stays Angelica Mormile, 19 of Garfield Heights, and Kayla Somoles, 20 of Parma, are getting stronger each and every day.
Both are home, and though there are still more surgeries and rehab appointments to attend, life is slowly getting back to normal.
"I am all independent at home, I can cook, I can go up and down the stairs some things I need help with just because my arm isn't strong enough, but I am getting there," Somoles explained. "I am a lot more grateful for what I have. I've had a lot taken away from me. I didn't have my life taken away but I had my looks taken away, I had to relearn to breathe on my own, I had to learn how to talk, I've found all new ways."
"I wake up everyday so thankful for everything that I can sleep in my own bed, wake up and be myself again and thankful that I am here still to live my life," Mormile said, "it amazes me that I am still here and that I am going to have a full recovery."
Neither of the young women remember the accident that severely injured them. They remember brief moments leading up to leaving campus and then waking up in the hospital.
"The thought of everything and knowing that my sisters aren't here today I am just really happy I don't remember the actual accident," Mormile said.
Somoles said, "I do get upset, and I had a lot of anger when I was first in the hospital, towards the woman (who caused the accident), but I just realized you can't have anger towards something we couldn't control. My driver was not at fault for anything and she saved me and my friend Angelica's lives."
The pair still do not know or understand why the driver who caused the accident was going the wrong way on the interstate.
Mormile was in the passenger seat. Somoles was behind her. "I think if the people didn't show up on the scene as fast as they did, I don't know if I would be here today." Somoles went on to say, "I went into shock, I couldn't breathe on my own, and how much damage was done to my face we are just shocked that we are alive. A lot of people walk in those double doors, but they don't leave, but we all left, and they (nurses) were shocked."
Mormile had packed her backpack full of books to study for midterms while on the beach. She believes it's that bag that saved her right leg.
"That bag was all-over my right leg, and it's just amazing to me that it saved my right leg and you know, one of the guys who was on the scene he just said, 'you know if it wasn't for that bag, I really don't know if your leg would have made it.'"
Cards, letters, social media messages and visits have helped make the healing process easier. The outpouring of support from strangers, BGSU alum, and Alpha Xi Delta Sorority sisters, who've graduated decades before have helped the girls pull through.
"It's by God's grace and prayers, it's such a blessing that we are still here, it's such a miracle," said Mormile who was just able to remove her neck brace for the first time in three months.
The things most people take for granted are now the blessings these girls count each and everyday.
From eating a full meal, to having the energy to walk around the block, to showering without assistance.
But there are other lessons that will have a lasting impression. Somoles who suffered severe facial injuries as a result of the crash still has more surgeries ahead.
"I've really saw not to judge people anymore, I don't stare at people when they are out, I know how it feels like to get stared at, I don't like being started at, it's not fun. I know that I am missing teeth and stuff, but like it's just a materialistic thing, it's not something that makes you, you. You can have everything taken away from you, which I did, it's just little stuff now."
Both girls will head back to BGSU in August. "Seeing everyone again is going to be awesome, and just living on my own and getting back into the groove of things is going to be different but I am very excited to go back," said Mormile, the soon-to-be sophomore, will continue pursue her career in broadcast journalism.
Somoles will continue her college education in education. She hopes to teach 4th, 5th and 6th graders.