NAMPA -- It was a near-death experience for one newly married Nampa couple - and a catalyst for tragedy.

"Seems almost unbelievable," crash survivor Doris "Dori" Garner said. "I sit and wonder, how did I make it through that? How did I survive that?"

Nine months later, Dori Garner is speaking out about that fateful night, and has a message that she wants to share.

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The Garners were driving back from visiting family in eastern Washington. It was dark, and they were heading around a curve on the highway when they crashed into Jack Yantis' bull in the road.

Dispatch received the call of a collision on Highway 91 in Adams County around 6:45 in the evening on Sunday, November 1, 2015.

The Garners' Subaru Legacy had struck a bull, and Dori was crushed, clinging to her life inside the vehicle with the brunt of the 2,500-pound animal on top of her.

"I was unresponsive. Of course, I had the whole car smashed on top of me," Garner told KTVB. "From what I was told it was a pretty horrific sight."

Dori doesn't remember anything from the crash; she suffered bleeding on her brain, nerve damage and gashes all over her head.

She says it took her a while to process what happened to her and her husband, William. She was in the hospital for a month and it wasn't until she was released that her family felt she could handle the news about what transpired after the crash.

"My family felt that I had enough to deal with emotionally without telling me about the instances between the rancher and law enforcement, "Garner added.

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The bull's owner, Jack Yantis, had come down to the crash scene to euthanize it after it was hit. An altercation ensued and Yantis was shot and killed by Adams County Deputies Brian Wood and Cody Roland who were responding to the accident.

"How does something like that come about? I was very sad and confused," Garner said. "That night was a tragic night for everybody involved."

She has been recovering for the last nine months, and she and her husband have tried to remain positive and strong. Now that she is feeling better, she is starting a new chapter of her journey.

She is making a plea to lawmakers and ranchers, asking them to change open-range laws.

"I have to be a voice for people like me who have been devastated by incidences such as this or some who have even lost their lives," Garner added.

She says it's very dangerous to have livestock wandering around major highways and roadways with high-speed traffic. She feels security measures need to be taken to ensure this tragedy doesn't happen to anyone else.

"My husband and I are living proof that should not be a commonality. That should be a rarity."