Emily Bowman Out of Coma, Moves to Shepherd Center for Rehab

The 19-year-old former Kennesaw State University student will soon begin intensive rehabilitation after being hospitalized for nearly a month.

The 19-year-old former Kennesaw State University student who has been hospitalized after being run over last month in Athens has achieved yet another milestone in her battle towards recovery.

Emily Bowman, who has now been breathing on her own, opening her eyes and responding to stimuli, is now headed to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta for rehab, according to the Athens Banner-Herald.

Bowman's uncle Neal Bowman said on Thursday in a post on the Bows for Bowman Facebook page that his niece has "made enough improvement that her doc[tor] told her mom she's now now technically in a coma." 

The family on Thursday also gathered things officials at the Shepherd Center have requested to accompany Bowman once she goes there. 

Bowman, a Woodstock High School graduate, has been hospitalized in critical condition at Athens Regional Medical Center since Feb. 16 when she was hit by a pick-up truck as she and a friend walked along Oak Street. 

They were walking on the grassy shoulder, investigators believe, when 22-year-old William Wilson Heaton's Mazda pickup left the road and then hit Bowman from behind as he returned the vehicle to the road. He left the area and abandoned the truck, police believe.

Heaton surrendered himself to the Clarke County Sheriff's Office and was booked into the Clarke County Jail on Wednesday evening.

He has been charged with hit-and-run, driving under the influence, serious injury by vehicle, failure to maintain lane, reckless driving, and open container, according to Athens Clarke County Police.

He was granted a $50,000 bond on Thursday, and according to the Banner-Herald, he must relinquish his driver’s license, abstain from drinking alcohol, remain under house arrest from 9 p.m. until 7 a.m., find a place in Athens-Clarke or Oconee counties to live before he can be fitted with an ankle monitor. 


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