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Las Vegas woman recovering from terrible injuries after driver hits pedestrians

Posted at 11:29 PM, Dec 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-19 11:17:32-05

Nearly a week after a massive crashed killed three pedestrians, one of the drivers critically injured remains hospitalized with facial and brain injuries.

"I've been spending a good 12 to 15 hours there a day," Ernesto Meza says.

Meza has spent much of the past week by his daughter Elizabeth's side at Sunrise Hospital.

This as the 26-year-old mother is recovering from critical injuries, including a traumatic brain injury.

"I do try to tell her she was in a bad accident, she is at the hospital, but five minutes later she is on to something else," Meza said.

Ernesto said Elizabeth was on the way back from the grocery store when police say Daniel Becker crashed through the intersection, killing three pedestrians and injuring six others.

Becker was arrested on suspicion of DUI.

Luckily Elizabeth's four-year-old daughter, and nine-year-old brother escaped the crash with minor cuts and bruises.

In the days since being placed in the icu, her father says Elizabeth has regained memories of her family but is still struggling. 

"Her short term memory is still, we are still dealing with that," Meza said.

When asked about the driver who caused the crash, Meza says he is letting police handle that, because he has more important things to deal with.

"Myself and my family we are going to focus on my daughter and her health," Meza said,

The familys says doctors have told them Elizabeth will need reconstructive surgery to repair severe facial fractures.

Those surgeries will likely not be covered by insurance.

The family has set up a Go Fund Me account to help cover those costs.

Becker was in court Monday morning on the DUI charges.

His attorney claims he suffered a seizure prior to the crash, but police say Becker was under the influence of marijuana.

Investigators also said Becker surrendered his driver's license early this year because of a seizure disorder.