On June 24, 2018, Austyn, her mother, Nova, and her boyfriend, Brayden, were headed from Coahoma, TX to Borger for a day of fun. Her father, Les, was slightly ahead of them on his motorcycle. Les arrived to Ralls but noticed the pickup, with his family in it, was no longer behind him. He called all three of their cell phones with no answer. He turned around and drove the direction he had just come from.
Moments later, Les arrived to the scene of an accident, which involved the truck Austyn and the others were in. Austyn was sitting on the highway at the time. She knew her leg was broken and that she possibly had other injuries. Nova and Brayden did not make it.
Helicopters arrived to take Austyn to UMC. She had a broken femur, 4 broken ribs and badly bruised legs. Later, her kidneys began shutting down. Austyn was in very critical condition and placed in a medically-induced coma for three weeks. During her stay, she received 36 units of blood, had a tracheotomy and feeding tube. She was then placed on ECMO, a heart-lung bypass machine, which is a last resort procedure. Austyn was the first teen at UMC to be placed on ECMO.
Austyn spent 42 days in the Pediatric ICU and 10 days in rehabilitation, however she survived and shows little physical effect! She even has begun running, again, in hopes of participating in track in the spring.