CARYVILLE - With the great possibility that she may never get another opportunity to use her legs, the family of recent hit-and-run victim Dominique Works is seeking help from the community to help the 33-year-old mother of two adjust from being "the local walking girl" to a new life of rehabilitation.
"Dominique cannot fight for herself," said Works' sister-in-law Dayna Works. "This is a very tragic situation, and there is a long road ahead for Dominique and her family," she wrote on a Go Fund Me page.
As of Tuesday, the Go Fund Me account established by Dayna Works has raised about $1,500. The family is hoping to raise enough to offset costs of travel for Works' mother to make hospital visits, any medical costs insurance does not cover, any handicap accommodations - such as, wheelchair ramps, etc. - and legal fees associated with the hit-and-run case.
"She is a staple of the community," said Dayna Works. "For 10 plus years, everybody knows her as the girl who walks everywhere. She stays to herself ... People have seen her walking to Bay County, all the way in Marianna, Cottondale - everywhere."
According to the family, Works has been on disability for mental health reasons. However, comments on Facebook and the Go Fund Me page show a level of concern and love for Works.
"I pray justice is served for you. God is in control," wrote Lashonda Stuckey.
"Hoping for a speedy recovery," wrote Michael Aronhalt.
On March 11, Works was struck on Highway 90 in Bonifay near Holmestead Road. According to Florida Highway Patrol reports, 41-year-old Amy Worley was driving eastbound on Highway 90 near Holmestead Road when the right front and side of her 2013 Dodge Durango struck Works. Works was walking on the south shoulder at the time.
The investigation is still ongoing.
After striking Works, reports state, Worley fled the scene continuing east bound. Works was thrown 22 feet from the white line. Works was taken to UAB Hospital in Birmingham in critical condition.
Since the accident, Works has undergone a number of surgeries and doctors say she may never be able to walk again.
"She's going to have to have a ramp, possibly a hospital bed, she's going to have to have care," Dayna Works said. "It's a lot for the family. It's a lot."
Dayna Works noted law enforcement and the community in both Washington and Holmes have been very supportive and the family is very appreciative.
Donations can be made at "Justice for Dominque Works" at GoFundMe.com, on Paypal and by contacting Dayna Works directly at 850-768-9739. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Florida Highway Patrol with the information at 850-873-7020.