Melanie Marquez recounts horrific car crash

By Jared Bray, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Posted at Dec 13 2013 09:50 AM | Updated as of Dec 14 2013 08:26 AM

A collage of photos showing the scene of the accident and Melanie Marquez at the hospital from her daughter Maxine's Facebook page

'It was a miracle'

UTAH - (UPDATED) Former beauty queen Melanie Marquez is recovering from a horrific car crash in which her SUV fell into a 12-foot ravine near the Utah-Arizona border on December 7.

While driving from Las Vegas to her home in Annabella, Utah, Marquez hit a patch of black ice and slid off the highway around 5:30 in the evening.

She, along with three others, including her 12-year-old son Adam, were transported to a hospital in St. George, Utah, about two hours after the accident.

Marquez suffered a fractured spine as well as a fractured sternum, while her son was able to escape with just a few cuts and bruises.

Shortly after the slide-off, Marquez, despite her injuries, climbed out of the vehicle and hiked to a place where she could call for assistance -- something she considers a miracle.

"I was pleading there for someone to stop," an emotional Marquez told ABS-CBN News. "No one stopped."

"I [was] just waiting, hoping, praying that before it gets dark, we would be rescued. I know it's an angel who lifted me up. I know very well I [had] someone with me there... Climbing that hill, it was a miracle. I just felt someone carry me so I could walk."

Marquez, who will have to wear a back brace for three months, said she is healing well and expects to be discharged from the hospital soon.

She plans on recovering with her family in Salina, Utah.

"I'm trying. I know I will recover well with all the support. I know I will, with my faith. My faith never fails me," Marquez said.

The winner of the 1979 Miss International pageant, Marquez was known as a TV personality and model in local showbiz.

Since moving to Utah, Marquez has been operating a 200-acre ranch with her husband of 14 years, Atty. Randy "Adam" Lawyer. They have two children, including Adam, Jr..

Marquez has four other children from previous marriages.