Family of little girls injured in crosswalk at risk of losing everything
It's the accident that started the "Be Smart. Be Safe. Be Seen" Campaign. Nearly 10 months ago, three little girls were hit by a car in a North Las Vegas crosswalk. Video by ktnv.comvideo
North Las Vegas, NV (KTNV ) -- It's the accident that started the "Be Smart. Be Safe. Be Seen" Campaign. Nearly 10 months ago, three little girls were hit by a car in a North Las Vegas crosswalk.
Amelia "Mia" Decker, 5, died from her injuries. Rain Mowery, 6, made a full recovery. Rain's younger sister, Alyssa, also survived, but suffered severe brain damage.
Action News has kept in close contact with both families over the past few months. The accident has had a far-reaching impact. Rain and Alyssa's mom, Christin Mowery, says her family is now facing another overwhelming challenge.
"I can't give up," Christin says. "I can't fail. That's not an option."
The Mowery family has already overcome so much. But they face a new hurdle. Christin says they're at risk of losing everything.
"The accident came along and now I have to take care of Alyssa full-time," Christin says. "She needs constant care and supervision, so I can't work outside the home. If I don't provide the care, I would have to pay an outrageous price to hire home care. It's a huge financial burden."
Alyssa almost died in the crosswalk accident. Because of brain damage, the six-year-old is functioning at the level of a toddler.
Christin hasn't left Alyssa's side during the long recovery process.
"It's hard because I miss the old Alyssa," she says. "But I'm working with her, to help her become the best Alyssa she can be, given the circumstances. I'm also worried about my other children. Where we're going to live, how we're going to pay the bills, and how they're going to eat."
The family has already lost their only car, which was used primarily to get Alyssa to her doctor appointments and therapy sessions. Now the family's home may be next. Christin is behind on rent payments.
"We could soon be homeless, and where are we going to go?" she asks. "Alyssa would be taken away from me. As a single mom, I'm trying to do everything I can. But it's such an impossible situation right now."
Friends of the Mowery family are trying to organize fundraisers. They've also set up a donation page on the website indiegogo.com. People can donate money and businesses can donate services for people to buy. All proceeds will go to the Mowery family. Just click on the link below: