First responder helps raise money for 20-year-old hit by car

An Austin police officer is working together with the friends of a 20-year-old student who was hit by a vehicle to help with her recovery. 

The APD officer, Chantal Locke, was one of the first responders on the scene of the accident May 3. She said the crash happened in the 10300 block of FM 2222. The journalism student, identified only as Rae, was struck by a vehicle while she was walking to work.

Locke said the driver stopped and cooperated with officers. Rae had multiple fractures to her pelvis and will have to learn to walk again in addition to bleeding in her brain and multiple skull fractures, according to the GoFundMe page Compassion Counts, which Locke helped create to fund Rae's recovery.

"I helped start [the] Go Fund Me hoping to help alleviate some stress from this wonderful family," Locke wrote on the GoFundMe page. "There is no health insurance available and no insurance claim will be made, therefore, assistance is needed immediately and of the utmost importance."

According to the GoFundMe page, Valeta Jones took over as Rae's caretaker.

"When I found out that Rae had no where to go and no family support, without a second thought I took her in," Jones wrote on the page.

Locke said that she felt compelled to set up the GoFundMe and try to help fund Rae's recovery after learning about Jones' situation. 

"The main family provider (Jones) is facing health issues of their own and was recently released from the hospital. She is still recovering financially," Locke said.

Two days ago, Jones posted that Rae had a "really rough week," but they were hopeful for the situation to improve.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the GoFundMe has raised $10,910 of its $40,000 goal.

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