Family of crash victim left bleeding near road speaks out
BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - Family members of Mirika Bideganeta are speaking out for the first time since a scooter crash that left her in a coma. Police say the driver moved her after the crash and left her on a sidewalk for hours.
Mirika's mother Sandra Bideganeta said her daughter is improving day by day, but is still in a coma. Although she is expected to live, but what injuries she might still suffer from is unknown.
Authorities say Mirika was on a scooter with Thomas MacFarlane, 22, of Boise, when they crashed around 3:30 a.m. Sunday near Warren Street and Manitou in Boise. Officers did not find anyone at the wreckage, but a neighbor found Mirika hours later on a sidewalk nearby. Police believe MacFarlane carried her more than a block before leaving here there.
He is being held at the Ada County Jail on felony charges of leaving the scene of an accident.
The news of how everything happened has left family and friends in shock.
"She was removed from the scene and basically left either thinking she was dead or disposing to leave her like a bag of garbage," said Sandra.
Those close to Mirika say they have also been overwhelmed by the support they have received from people who have sent in donations from around the country.
She doesn't have insurance, and is the mother of three young boys, so friends are trying to raise money and have even started a website where people can donate.