An Ohio State University student who was recently hit by a car has woken up from a coma, according to her father. The wreck left the girl in critical condition, but her father explained that her condition has improved since her coma ended. He added that doctors have lowered her pain medication and removed a breathing tube they inserted after the accident.
The car accident occurred as the victim was crossing a street on the OSU campus when she was struck by a car traveling through a green light. The driver, also an OSU student, was found to have a blood alcohol level of 0.19 percent at the time of the accident, more than twice that of Ohio's legal limit. The drunk driving charges are still pending. While the victim's blood alcohol content was not tested, her father suggested that both students likely consumed alcohol on the night of the accident, as it was move-in weekend.
A witness said the girl was knocked unconscious by the collision. Emergency response personnel transported the girl to a medical facility to be treated for lacerations and bleeding in the brain, as well as "multiple facial fractures." The victim's father is hopeful about his daughter's recovery. "They are expecting great things from her, given what they've seen," he explained.
The girl, who was not in a crosswalk when she was struck, was cited for improperly entering the roadway. The driver was also cited, but police said the individual could face more serious charges if the girl's condition worsens.
Ohio residents who have been seriously hurt due to a traffic accident may be entitled to monetary damages compensating them for their injuries. To learn more, such individuals should contact an attorney specializing in personal injury lawsuits.
Source: The Lantern, "Car-struck Ohio State student wakes up from coma," Katie Higgins, Aug. 29, 2012