Emily Bowman can stand, write her name after hit-and-run

6:39 AM, Mar 18, 2013   |    comments
Emily Bowman was hospitalized with brain injuries.
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ATHENS, Ga. -- The family of a 19-year-old woman who suffered serious brain injuries after being struck by a hit-and-run driver say she's now starting to write her name and stand on her feet for short periods. 

Emily Bowman of Woodstock is recovering faster than doctors expected. Her father, Dale Bowman, says last week she used a marker to write her first name, though the "E'' looked more like a "3."

Bowman's parents say therapists at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta are also helping her stand for up to 10 minutes at a time. She hasn't spoken and continues to be fed intravenously.

Bowman, who attends Kennesaw State University, was walking beside an Athens road four weeks ago when she was struck by a pickup truck that fled the scene.

The man suspected of hitting her, 22-year-old William Wilson Heaton Jr., faces several charges and was granted $50,000 bond.

(Associated Press)

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