Help sought for teen hit and run victim
The 15-year-old student seriously injured by a hit-and-run driver Dec. 8 remains in serious condition.
Aalyiah Rasheed-Wiley was rushed to St. Mary Hospital from the scene of the accident which took place at just before 7 a.m. The driver did not stop at the scene, but was later located and arrested in the incident. The teen remained in a coma at press time, according to family members.
The girl suffered trauma to her brain and multiple fractures to her pelvis, which required surgery, her family said. Her mother said the child remains unresponsive and has a long road to recovery.
A go-fund-me page to help with Rasheed-Wiley's medical expenses has been established by her aunt, Tamar Rasheed. On the page she said that the family is praying that Aalyiah wakes up so that medical experts can better assess her condition and her needs. She suggested that well wishers use hashtag #WakeUpLeeLee or #WakeUpAalyiah to send messages to be read to the teen while she remains in a coma.
Those wishing to help can access the page at https://gofund.me/ab1f71db. At press time, more than $3,600 had been donated to help the family with the mounting medical bills.
Her mother is a single parent and the teen has a 6-year-old brother, according to her aunt. She said the community has been very supportive and thanked the officers from the Westland Police Department who have called to check on the girl's condition “and have helped us through this tragedy.”