East Texas woman recovering after being hit by car, family prepares for return

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas woman is still recovering inside an Austin area hospital after a weekend accident. Family members say that Morgan Riley, 27, was walking to a friend's car late last Friday when she was hit by a passing car. While Riley recuperates, friends and family are doing what they can here at home to get Riley back on her feet.

"She was kind of on a roll, a real high, and this has kind of set her back," said Wayne Riley, Morgan's dad.

Wayne's job brought him back to Tyler, Thursday. He is headed back to Austin Friday to be with the rest of his family by his youngest daughter's bedside.

"[We are] playing the waiting game," said Wayne Riley.

Morgan Riley grew up in Whitehouse, graduated college in Corpus and worked in Austin where she was studying to become an EMT. Friday night, Morgan took a study break and went out with some friends. The accident threw her several yards down the road. The future EMT was later rushed to the hospital with a fractures in her back, pelvis, skull and damage to her liver.

Wayne says he and his wife left as soon as they got the call.

"She's got friends from Corpus and from here and Tyler and Whitehouse, and Austin...She's got a great support group, and I don't think she realizes any of that yet," said Wayne.

Ryan Gentry is one of those friends. He said it started with a medical fund, set up at his bank. Unfortunately, Morgan is uninsured. A blood replacement drive was also set-up in Morgan's name. Donations are already coming in.

"She may not need it now, but, she's going to have surgeries in her future, and she may need it then," said Gentry.

Pretty soon, more flyers will start making their way around East Texas.

"Hopefully this will get her added to a few more prayer lists and help pull her through," said Gentry.

"She's a character," said Wayne. "She's got a wonderful personality. Great heart. She's just a pleasure to be around. She'll make it. We'll make sure she makes it."

We are told the driver of the car who hit Morgan will more than likely not face any charges.

Donations to Morgan Riley's medical fund can be made at any Bank Texas location.

Those interested in helping Morgan by donating blood can do so at the Carter Bloodcare Center in Tyler.

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