High school girl struck by car emerges from coma at local hospital

Morgan Doremus. (Family photo)
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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) Ellison High School sophomore Morgan Doremus, 15, who was struck by a car on Aug. 24 as she crossed a street next to her school, is emerging from a medically-induced coma and breathing on her own, almost three weeks after the accident, her family said in a GoFundMe page update Tuesday.

Doremus suffered severe brain trauma in the accident, forcing surgeons to remove a portion of her skull to allow the swelling to go down, and was placed in a medically-induced coma.

“Morgan has been awake the last few days. She is not following with her eyes yet and can't move much of her right side,” her family said in a GoFundMe page update Tuesday.

“Also they have had her breathing on her own for a while the past few days.”

Doremus was struck by a Nissan Cube as she returned to the school just before 1 p.m. on Aug. 24.

A medical helicopter was requested and touched down in a field next to the school, and the girl was flown to Scott & White Hospital in Temple.

She was talking on her cell phone when she walked into the path of the oncoming car, which was headed south in the outside lane in the 3800 block of Trimmier Road, Killeen police spokeswoman Carroll Smith said.

The driver of the Nissan was not injured.

The accident is under investigation.