Five days after a Victoria woman was hit by a driver who ran a red light, doctors still are determining her prognosis.

Lita “Danni” Villarreal, 26, was airlifted to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio for treatment after a Thursday afternoon crash, said Senior Patrol Officer Branden Allen, of the Victoria Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit.

“She doesn’t know what has happened; they are telling her, but it is not sticking,” said Villarreal’s aunt, Patsy Hysquierdo. “It is a long road, and they really don’t know what (will happen); you know, she might stay as an 8-year-old, or is she going to go back to being a 26-year-old?”

On the left side of her body, Villarreal suffered a fractured skull and eye socket, broken collarbone, two broken ribs that punctured her lung, swelling and bleeding in the brain and brain damage, said Delia Mylato, Villarreal’s grandmother, who returned to Victoria from San Antonio on Tuesday.

“She is doing better, but not good,” she said. “She is basically going to have to learn everything over again.”

Witnesses told police that the pickup’s driver, Blake Coles, 17, of Victoria, was driving north in the 4300 block of North Main Street when he ran a red light and struck Villarreal’s car, Allen said.

The impact caused Villarreal’s car to leave the roadway and strike another car parked in a nearby lot.

Coles refused medical treatment at the scene of the crash. Officers ticketed him for running a red light and not wearing a seat belt, Allen said.

Villarreal was transported to DeTar Hospital Navarro before she was airlifted to San Antonio. Villarreal’s mother, Marisa, is skipping her chemotherapy for Stage IV cancer to be with her at Brooke Army Medical Center.

“She isn’t going to her regular follow-ups and treatment because she doesn’t want to leave Danni,” Hysquierdo said. “Everything is just piling up.”

Doctors began feeding Villarreal solid food Monday and started teaching her how to walk again Tuesday, though she has to be reminded to swallow and is still unable to talk or use the left side of her body, Mylato said.

Hysquierdo, who owns C&H Defensive Driving and C&H Auto and Motorcycle Insurance Agency with her husband, urged drivers to be cautions after her niece’s collision.

“She (Villarreal) was hit hard; I don’t know how she made it,” she said. “People need to pay attention to their surroundings and speed, be vigilant, look twice and slow down.”

Jon Wilcox reports on courts for the Victoria Advocate. He may be reached jwilcox@vicad.com or 361-580-6515.

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"I am a Houston native and 5th generation Texan, with a degree in journalism and minor in creative writing from the University of Texas at Austin. I care deeply about public interests and the community I serve.”

Jon covers crime, public safety and the courts at the Victoria Advocate. Born in Huntsville, Ala., he grew up in Atlanta, Ga. and obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism at Texas State University.

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Glenn Wilson

"Officers ticketed him for running a red light and not wearing a seat belt" - Seriously?! This idiot just ruined the young lady's life through his negligence, and all he gets is a ticket? No doubt there's a huge lawsuit in his future, but that's only money. She's going to be in a prison of her own, probably for the rest of her life. He should be in a real one for the same length of time.

Grace Butler

Agreed. Surely there's a reckless driving charge to be made here?

Glenn Wilson

Or worse. But at least they got him for no seat belt; shows the cops really have their priorities straight. SMH.

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