Hit-And-Run Victim Returns to Clifton

The 12-year-old Clifton Middle School student who was seriously injured in a hit-and-run collision in January has made vast improvements and visited the school for the first time Thursday.

Principal Jennifer Gates wrote the following email to Patch about Berenice De La Torre, the 12-year-old earlier this year:

Berenice was released from the hospital two days ago and is home on her road to recovery. Her family wants to thank everyone for their support and prayers over the past three months.

Berenice said, "I am happy to be home because I can swim.  I want to thank my friends for being supportive." 

She is going to start Monday with a home health teacher five hours a week until the end of the school year and she will continue to receive rehabilitation through Children's Hospital. 

She is a walking miracle! 

It was so wonderful to see her at Clifton today and we are so pleased with the . The generous donations exceeded $5,000.

Patrick Lee April 20, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Great news! Best wishes to Berenice!
Kim Petulla April 20, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Yay Berenice. I'm so sorry I missed you!!! Come back and visit!!!!
Ms. Rucker April 20, 2012 at 07:20 PM
God Bless you, Berenice.
Bonnie Card April 20, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Lizzy and I saw you walking to school and we were so happy to see you!
SgtJackWagon April 20, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Hey Berenice, myself and all the people that heard about the accident, wish you nothing but the best and all our love.
Elodia Martinez April 21, 2012 at 05:24 PM
What an inspiration! Keep on keeping on Berenice
Tylei Nono Morris April 03, 2013 at 05:58 PM
I'm glad she is okay..
Tylei Nono Morris April 03, 2013 at 05:59 PM
And yes she is a walking miracle


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