A 20-year-old UVic student who suffered critical injures in a hit-and-run in Saanich on July 15th remains in a coma, according to her family.
Aisha Strange was on her way to work on her scooter when she was suddenly struck by a blue Dodge Caravan just before 7 a.m at the corner of McKenzie Avenue and Shelbourne Street.
After the collision between the two vehicles, the 25-year-old male driver of the minivan continued to drive east on McKenzie Avenue, when he then struck a telephone pole near the intersection at Larchwood Drive.
After hitting the pole, the driver then abandoned his vehicle and attempted to flee on foot which is when police located and arrested him a short time later.
According to a statement released by the family today, Strange suffered multiple broken bones and a traumatic brain injury in the incident.
A GoFundMe page has been setup to assist the family during this difficult time. The full statement from the family is below.
Statement from Family of Aisha Strange
On July 15th at 7:00 am, on her way to work, Aisha Strange was the victim of a hit and run on McKenzie and Shelbourne in Victoria. She was struck by a van while sitting on her moped. The driver who hit her attempted to flee the scene but was arrested a short distance away.
He is now being investigated for impaired driving offences. Aisha suffered multiple broken bones and a traumatic brain injury that will impact her short and long-term future in unknowable ways. This bright, vibrant and innocent young lady has been in a coma since the time of the accident and it remains uncertain when she will regain consciousness.
The tragedy happened while Aisha was on her way to her summer job, where she adored her role working with a diverse and special group of kids. She is a student at the University of Victoria studying political science and anthropology, both subjects for which she has a huge passion. She has plans of one day going to law school or further pursuing her love of teaching.
Aisha is a kind and generous person, who delights in adding humour and joy to the people around her. She’s a daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin and friend to so many people that love her dearly. The community of people that Aisha touches in such positive ways are all suffering from this senseless act.
The results of this senseless act have been a nightmare for her family and friends. Aisha’s parents, who live in Calgary, have dropped everything to move their lives to Victoria and be with her. Doctors say recovery from her injuries will be a very long journey, with unpredictable outcomes.
If you want to help and are able to contribute, funds raised will be used to support transportation, adaptive living, and a host of other supports for this amazing family during this devastating time and for their uncertain future.