LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Linda Screeney planned to celebrate Christmas with her twin sister Barbara and the rest of their family in their native New York. Instead, they're splitting their time between a hotel and Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital here in Lexington.
"She was struck by a car and in the ICU and they weren't sure what the prognosis was at that point," Linda said.
Around 7PM on November 24, Barbara's family members say she had just gotten off a bus after leaving one of her three jobs and was walking along Old Frankfort Pike when a car hit her. Police haven't found the driver. A witness reported seeing someone stopped in the road about the time of the accident, then taking off.
"It's horrific that somebody would leave somebody bleeding on the side of the road," Linda said.
Doctors saved Barbara's life. She spent several weeks at UK Hospital and not long ago, she moved to Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital to continue her recovery. Her family says she's got a traumatic brain injury.
As Barbara continues to rebuild her life at Cardinal Hill, her family members are trying to help save the life she had before the accident. Barbara is part-owner of the That's How We Roll food truck. A job with a chain restaurant brought her to Lexington and she decided to follow her cooking passion and take a plunge into entrepreneurship last year.
"She was very proud. We had gotten a bottle of champagne and had a ribbon cutting ceremony," Linda said.
That meant foregoing insurance.
"To lose her livelihood and to lose her house would be, besides all the injuries and issues that she's dealing with medically, would be beyond traumatic," Linda said.
Barbara's family has created a website to raise money for medical bills and to pay her mortgage. They're hoping her adopted community of Lexington will come together for one of their own.
We just to help her so that this way, when she's through this horrific event, she can stand on her own two feet again," Linda said.