TEEN IN COMA AFTER ACCIDENT WITH ILLEGAL DRUNKEN DRIVER

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Amy Milligan 15, was flown to Carolinas Medical Center and placed in the pediatric ICU department in a coma.

Her mother, Fran Milligan, was driving the car that was hit.

“How many years will it be that we’ll be affected? What will the rest of her life be like? It will be nothing like what she imagined,” she said.

Police said 21-year-old Marin Gomez was driving drunk when the accident happened in Richmond County. They also think he’s in the country illegally and immigration agents are investigating.

“Right now, everything is running all together for me,” said Fran Milligan.

Amy was trapped in the car for 40 minutes. She’s suffered multiple injuries including two collapsed lungs, and broken ribs, and has been through two strokes.

“We’re not going to have the same Amy,” said Fran Milligan.

Amy’s aunt, Lorri Oxenbine, can’t believe one man’s actions have changed so many lives.

“Anger that he’s ruined Amy’s life, her future, ruined my sister’s life and her future, completely changed it. And that he’s also ruined his own,” she said.

Police said Gomez ran from the scene, but was later caught.

Authorities have charged him with felony hit-and-run, two counts of felony assault with a deadly weapon, driving while impaired, no license, having a fake tag, and careless and reckless driving.

Congresswoman Sue Myrick is holding a town hall meeting Tuesday night as part of her effort to toughen laws against illegal immigrants.

Myrick is proposing new legislation called the Scott Gardner Act. Gardner was a Mount Holly schoolteacher killed when an illegal immigrant hit the car carrying him and his family.

The immigrant had five prior DWI convictions.

Myrick said he should have been deported.

North Carolina has only one deportation agent.

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