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Victim of Hit & Run Accident Remains in Coma

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24-year-old Gabriel Kennedy was struck by a car on May 8, and he's been in a coma ever since. The accident happened while he was skateboarding across Wilbur May Parkway, near the Center Creek Park. The driver is still at large.

Gabe's family says this is something you can't prepare yourself for. They're hopeful he'll make a full recovery and they're asking the driver to come forward.

Gabe is in a coma at Renown Regional Medical Center, with bone fractures from his clavicle to his ankle. Damage to his right leg was so severe that doctors had to remove it. He also has a brain hemorrhage and a collapsed lung.

"Every minute feels like an eternity because you're just waiting to see what will happen," Solea Kennedy, Gabe's mother said.

Gabe moved from Alaska to Reno, last fall. He likes to snowboard and play the guitar. His mother says he's got a personality that everyone loves.

"Really fun, very active, very social," Solea Kennedy said. "He loves people. He'll talk to anybody."

Despite Gabe's condition, his family is hopeful he'll come out of this okay.

"He's a pretty tough kid," Theo Kennedy, Gabe's brother said. "He'll probably be kind of sad for awhile but he'll bounce back. He'll be back to his skateboarding and snowboarding."

It's the little things that give the Kennedy family hope, like when Theo saw his younger brother open his eyes and blink.

"It's nice to see him move around just a little bit, just to know that he's still in there and he's still fighting it," Theo Kennedy said.

But that level of hope is constantly changing.

"It varies by the minute," Solea Kennedy said. "Sometimes very, sometimes afraid."

Gabe was hit by what witnesses describe as a small, silver SUV that was possibly driven by a woman. The Kennedy's are asking that driver to come forward.

"A lot of people have been hurt and you can't take what happened back but you can claim responsibility for what you did," Theo Kennedy said.

"I can't imagine being able to go the rest of your life, looking over your shoulder, wondering when the day will come that somebody will figure it out," Solea Kennedy said.

Reno police are asking the public to be on the lookout for that SUV, that likely has substantial front end damage.

Solea says Gabe will be in intensive care for at least a month.

The family has set an account to help with funds. Just go to http://www.gofundme.com/955tg8

Written by Paul Nelson
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