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Former athlete testifies in trial of man who nearly killed her

It only takes a moment for someone's life to change as a result of a car accident. For a former star soccer player at the University of Texas, a hit-and-run accident in February 2012 put her into a coma for several weeks. While she once ran up and down the soccer field, after the accident it wasn't clear if she would be able to walk or talk again.

After a long recuperation that is still ongoing, the woman was able to testify recently in the trial of the man accused of driving into her and a group of other people in a drunk driving accident. If he is convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon -- he has already pleaded guilty to a different charge in regard to the accident, intoxication assault -- he could spend two decades in prison.

The ex-athlete has just three more classes to go before she graduates from UT. However, she now requires constant supervision as a result of the traumatic brain injury she sustained. The woman's sister took a yearlong leave from her job to assist her with her schooling; the sister said the victim has a very poor short-term memory and has lots of questions about everything.

While the woman provided compelling testimony at the trial, she cannot remember anything about the accident. In fact, she says the last thing she remembers before the accident was a soccer game she had played in -- months before the crash. For people like her, whose lives have changed through no fault of their own at the hands of a drunk driver, compensation for injuries and pain and suffering might be possible.

Source: KENS-TV, "Former UT soccer star says she 'can't remember anything' after hit-and-run," Aug. 8, 2013

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