Family: Girl hit by car has long road to recovery

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POINT PLEASANT — A 14-year-old struck by a vehicle while bicycling with friends has a long road to recovery according to family and friends.

According to a GoFundMe page set up for the young woman, who has been identified by the first name Emma-Mae, her mother, Stephanie, has provided an update stating her only daughter has a long road to recovery.

“Emma is still in critical care on the pediatric ICU floor. Her skull is fractured in three places, however the hematoma on the brain is not as large as it has been and went down a little bit,” the update reads.

While still in critical care at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, she said on the page her daughter’s condition has slightly improved over the past few days.

“She is not out of the woods just yet, the bleed can come back at any time but for now she has gone from getting neurological exams every one hour to now every two hours,” Emma’s mom updated well-wishers.

“She has passed every exam so far,” she said, adding her daughter has been unable to sit up or if moves around too much, but they say that is expected. Hoping tomorrow we can get her out of bed and sitting up in a chair.”

As of Monday morning, over $22,000 has been raised on the GoFundMe page to support Emma and her family during recovery.

According to the Point Pleasant Police Department the accident happened at approximately 10:31 p.m. on Aug. 9,  when “officers responded to the area of Route 88 and Sunset Avenue for a report of a bicyclist struck.”

“The bicyclist was struck by the front passenger portion of the vehicle, which caused her to roll onto the windshield and hood of the vehicle,” a release from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office added.

“The vehicle’s driver callously continued driving after the impact, carrying the victim on the vehicle hood for a distance before she was thrown free of the vehicle.

“The black sedan then continues eastbound on Route 88 fleeing the scene.”

According to police, Detective Joe Hynes arrested Brittany Keifer, 26, of Point Pleasant, in connection with the hit and run investigation on Aug. 10. 

Ms. Keifer was charged with fourth-degree assault by auto, third degree leaving the scene of an accident with serious bodily injury, motor vehicle summons for reckless driving, motor vehicle summons for leaving the scene of accident involving injury and motor vehicle summons for failure to report an accident, according to authorities.

Ms. Keifer was released on a complaint summons.

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