19-year-old woman, struck by vehicle in Great Barrington, reportedly remains in coma at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield – MassLive.com


GREAT BARRINGTON — A 19-year-old Lee woman, struck by a vehicle last week on Stockbridge Road, reportedly remains in a coma at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.

The victim, Khali Zabian, called 911 shortly before 10 p.m., Wednesday, to report she had veered off Stockbridge Road and struck guardrails, Police Chief William R. Walsh Jr. stated in a release.

Zabian was outside her car and examining the damage when she was struck by an oncoming car driven by a juvenile, the police chief said.

The Berkshire Eagle reported Zabian underwent an eight-hour brain operation at Baystate and remained in a coma Monday.

Her father, Ali Zabian, told the Eagle that bleeding led to brain damage, primarily on the right side of her brain. He said doctors will gradually begin to wake her up in a process that could take a week to 10 days.

Ali Zabian said his daughter faces a long recovery. The family, he said, has been heartened by support from their church and the wider community and encourages people to pray for her.

Walsh said police had probable cause to believe the driver, 17-years-old, was impaired after using marijuana. He has been charged with operating under the influence causing serious bodily injury. Another juvenile was a passenger in his car when the crash occurred, Walsh said.

Because of his age, the driver’s name has not been released.



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