Lee woman hit by car remains in coma

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GREAT BARRINGTON — A Lee woman who was struck by a car and critically injured Wednesday night has survived brain surgery and is now at Baystate Medical Center, where she was flown on Thursday.

Khali Zabian, 19, remains in a coma but is showing hopeful signs for recovery from a "catastrophic brain injury and many broken bones," according to her mother, Lisa Zabian, who posted an update Friday morning on Facebook on her daughter's condition and a call to pray for her recovery.

"She survived an eight-hour brain surgery which is nothing short of a miracle," Lisa Zabian wrote. "She is in a coma right now resting her brain, her vitals are good, she has not needed any blood pressure medication, and she is breathing partly on her own with the breathing tube. Yesterday she moved her hands a bit which is a good sign."

Great Barrington Police charged the other driver, a juvenile, with operating under the influence, and police say an evaluation and field sobriety test indicated that the 17-year-old was intoxicated with marijuana. Alcohol was not a factor, Police Chief William Walsh told The Eagle.

No arraignment date in Berkshire County Juvenile Court in Pittsfield has been set for the teen, according to Berkshire District Attorney's Office spokesman Dennis Yusko.

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The teen's name is being withheld because of his age.

Zabian was struck by an oncoming car while examining her own car for damage after she crashed into some guardrails on Route 7 near Fountain Pond. She had called 911 for help shortly before 10 p.m., and another motorist had gotten out to help when both had to flee from the path of another car. Great Barrington Police arrived to find that Zabian had been hit and "thrown some distance." 

Lisa Zabian said she and her family are grateful for the outpouring of support and asks for prayers "for our beautiful child, that her brain will heal, and she will open her eyes."

The accident is under investigation by Great Barrington Police, as well as a number of other local police departments and agencies, including state police and detectives from the Berkshire District Attorney's Office.

Heather Bellow can be reached at hbellow@berkshireeagle.com or on Twitter @BE_hbellow and 413-329-6871. 


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