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Teen accident victim celebrating life in Columbus

One Columbus woman who sustained massive injuries to most of her body in a terrible accident this summer is happy she and her family live in such a generous city. Her joy is based on a fundraiser held in her honor last month at the Eagles Club, which was attended by an estimated 550 well-wishers.

The 19-year-old woman's accident left her with terrible wounds, including brain injuries. It occurred when she was running on Wilderness Road, heading south, when she was hit by a vehicle going eastbound at the Lost Creek Parkway intersection. As a result of the impact she suffered several injuries which included a broken pelvis, shattered right leg and dislocated shoulders. She also suffered from hemorrhaging in her brain. After being transported to a hospital in Lincoln, she underwent a multitude of surgeries, including two on her right shoulder and four to repair her right leg (while her leg is stabilized, she must use a wheelchair to get around).

The woman was able to come home last September, but she is still in various types of therapy. She also suffers from short- and long-term memory issues that are a result of her brain injuries. Still, she remains in good spirits.

While it is not known if the driver of the vehicle was charged with any offense, it is known that this young woman experienced a great deal of pain and suffering. When someone is injured in Columbus through no fault of his or her own, he or she may be choose to seek compensation, which can help pay for medical bills and offset any loss of income. Injured parties may wish to explore their options by consulting an experienced personal injury attorney who may be able to offer legal assistance.

Source: The Columbus Telegram, "Columbus turns out for Hellbusch benefit," Tyler Ellyson, Oct. 10, 2011

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