A South Florida pastor suffered a severe traumatic brain injury when he was struck by a woman driving a Mercedes Benz in late March. Though the pastor was originally left in a coma, he has now awakened, leading some to call it a miracle.
Local10.com reports that on March 25 Katherine Colabella dropped off her vehicle with the valet at the Continuum in South Beach. The valet noticed that the vehicle had suffered significant hood and windshield damage, and called police in addition to making a cell phone recording. The valet reported that Colabella appeared drunk when she dropped off the vehicle. Police later towed the car.
After piecing the events of that night together, it appears that Colabella had struck Rev. Noé Aguilar while on her way to Continuum and then fled the scene. Rev. Aguilar sustained significant injuries in the crash, which occurred when Colabella struck him as he rode his bike along the MacArthur Causeway. Colabella apparently did not remember the crash the next day when she contacted police to see why her vehicle had been towed.
Aguilar's injuries were so severe that doctors placed him in a medically induced coma. After more than a week in a coma, Rev. Aguilar’s condition improved and he awakened. He now faces a significant rehabilitation program to try to regain normal functionality.
Police have charged Colabella with reckless driving with serious bodily injury and leaving the scene of an accident involving serious bodily injury, both felonies.
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