Student struck by car released from hospital

UPPER DARBY, Pa. - August 25, 2009 Christine and her family are grateful for all the support they've been getting over the last week and a half saying without it they're not sure how they would have coped.

"I haven't even opened all the cards yet."

That was a sheepish admission from incoming Villanova sophomore Christine Bochanski from her bed at Jefferson Hospital. Cards and prayers have poured in since the car accident that critically injured Christine and killed her best friend.

On August 14th the two girls were on the sidewalk outside Delaware County Memorial Hospital when police say a driver fooling with her iPod plowed into them from behind. Christine has no memory of the crash just her last morning with her friend.

"My best friend Nicole and I ate breakfast, we cleaned my room. I had to go get my blood test and Nicole was going to come with me."

The next thing Christine remembers is getting the oxygen tube removed from her mouth in the hospital. Her injuries are extensive, ligament damage and broken bones, braces on her leg, arms, neck, and hand and spinal cord trauma that her doctor says leaves most people paralyzed. But physically her doctor expects a full recovery.

"In a year she'll be skiing and enjoying life but I want her to be emotionally ready to enjoy life," said Dr. Alex Vaccaro.

"We know that eventually there will be a something in the state that prohibits the use of hand held mechanical devices why not just do it now," questions Matt Bochanski, Christine's father.

After leaving a note to all the doctors and nurses Christine left for home to continue healing. She hopes to be back at Villanova studying nursing by mid-semester and can't wait to get back to dancing.

"I teach ballet. I really can't wait to get back on my point shoes."

Christine's dad said a scholarship fund has been set up for her friend Nicole Gallo at Archbishop Prendergast High School.

As for the driver Upper Darby police are still awaiting toxicology tests and say no charges have been filed.

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