“They were hit at full speed by a drunk move, ” Gabby’s sister, Jennifer Murillo, told FOX6 1. “He actually fled the situation. The cops, fortunately, were able to catch him.”
Murillo sustained ruptured vertebrae and nerve shattering; her sister says she is now paralyzed from the neck down.
The driver of the other vehicle was ticketed for careless driving with serious bodily injury, according to the police report.
Working at Disney was a big goal for Murillo, who got an internship with the company through Gateway Community College, where she studies early childhood education.
“She is haunted with Disney, ” said Jennifer. “She’s been trying to get into this college program for probably four years. And when she got that following character, we were over the moon for her.”
“She’s been preoccupied with Disney for as long as we’ve been going on family journeys every year, ” Jennifer added.
Murillo spent three weeks in intensive upkeep, has already undergone three surgeries and will be airlifted to a rehabilitation center in Georgia, according to NBC 4.
Her local community and others around the world have raised more than $ 100,000 via the crowdfunding site GoFundMe to help with future care. Gabby’s medical statutes are expected to total$ 1 million in the first 12 months alone.
On Friday night, an contest supporting Gabby announced “Tip–ATeacher” drew relatives, friends and volunteers to a tavern in Connecticut. More than $4,000 promoted via a raffle and T-shirt marketings will help with the costs of medical care and rehabilitation.
A spokesperson for Walt Disney World Resort told PEOPLE: “This is a terrible situation. We are remaining Gabby and her family in our thoughts and hoping for her continued progress.”