Teen hit by car last summer hopes to graduate on time

By: NewsCenter 16 Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Email

A Middlebury teen is making significant strides in her recovery after being hit by a car as she rode her bicycle back in July.

17-year-old Zion Carlstrom spent a few months in a hospital after being hit along County Road 25. She missed the first months of her senior year, not coming home from the hospital until October.

Reporting partners at the Elkhart Truth say Carlstrom now hopes to graduate on time. She goes to two classes each day at Northridge High School.

She no longer needs a wheelchair or walker to get around, and her parents say she's in great shape physically. But they say she has some troubles with short term memories and gets confused in social situations.

They tell the Truth she sometimes responds more like a 10 year old than a 17-year-old, but she gets better every day, and they say it's just a matter of relearning what she's forgotten.

Doctors can't say how much of the brain injury will be permanent for at least another 6 months.

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