Girl Struck by Car Shows Slight Improvement - 8 News NOW

Girl Struck by Car Shows Slight Improvement

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This photo of Brazyl Ward was taken in Nov. 2013. This photo of Brazyl Ward was taken in Nov. 2013.

LAS VEGAS -- The search continues for the person responsible for the hit-and-run crash that left 6-year-old Brazyl Ward in a coma on Halloween night. The parents of the girl say she is starting to show improvement.

For the first time since the crash, Brazyl is looking around her hospital room and making eye contact. Her parents say her femur is healing well and soon she'll be meeting with a speech therapist.

Brandon Ward says the improvement in his daughter's condition and the continuous support from the community give him hope.

"We know they're praying and know they're supporting us and we've had a great outpouring from the community," Ward said.

On Halloween night, the Ward family left a church event and were walking home when a speeding driver hit the little girl as she crossed the street. She was in a coma for several weeks. Her status at the hospital was recently improved from critical condition to serious but stable condition.

"She does have another surgery and we're praying that goes well," Ward said.

Soon she will begin rehabilitation which could help her get out of the hospital and back home.

Police are working to get the message of safety out to drivers and pedestrians during this holiday season when more people tend to be on the roads.

An officer, dressed as Santa Claus, handed out around 30 citations to drivers Monday for failure to yield to a pedestrian. Metro Police are working with the Safe Community Partnership and the Clark County School District to raise safety awareness around valley school zones.

"We hope they get the message," an officer told 8 News NOW.

Each day brings the Ward family one step closer to bringing Brazyl home.

"Thank you, thank you to the whole Las Vegas community and those who said prayers for us," Ward said.


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