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Trenton Central High student devastated by car accident injuries

This past Tuesday morning, she was just another high school student on her way to Trenton Central High to take a test. Life was good for the teenager as she waited patiently at a New Jersey Transit bus stop.

Today, she's an Intensive Care patient, hooked up to a battery of medical machines and clinging to life after a car careened off the street Tuesday and slammed into the 19-year-old, sending her flying.

The devastating car accident has left her with severe injuries, her family said.

The teen is now in the ICU at Capital Health Regional Medical Center. Friends and family wait anxiously for updates in what seems like a slow trickle of news about her condition. Doctors issue guarded statements.

The girl's cousin told The Trentonian that doctors say there are "no guarantees," and that if the teen survives, she faces "years of recovery."

The high school senior lies motionless in a bed, her head shaved so that surgeons could open her skull to relieve pressure on her brain swelling from impact in the crash.

Her right leg is encased in a cast protecting the femur shattered by the Toyota Corolla that hit her.

The driver of the car has been charged with assault by automobile, but he's already out on bail -- a fact the family finds disturbing.

"She's clinging to life and he gets to go home," the cousin said.

The 20-year-old driver apparently admitted to police that he fell asleep while behind the wheel.

No one knows yet when or if the girl will recover, or how her head injuries might affect her ability to enjoy life or fulfill her potential.

However, we do know that we wish her a swift and complete recovery.

Source: The Trentonian, "Trenton High student faces uncertain future after crash," Feb. 6, 2013

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