TACOMA, Wash. -- Jessica Anderson’s father said strangers saved his daughter’s life, while a friend nearly killed her.
“There’s a high likelihood she would be dead today,” said Dale Anderson.
Jessica, 22, suffered a broken back and head injuries following a motorcycle crash July 26 on Tacoma’s Marine View Drive. She has been in a medically-induced coma for the past two weeks.
Jessica Anderson was riding on the back of the motorcycle driven by her friend Philip Mack.
According to witnesses, Mack was speeding and lost control of the bike.
Witnesses told police when Mack noticed Jessica Anderson was injured and unconscious, he rode his bike away from the crash scene and did not return.
He was arrested last week and has been charged with vehicular assault and leaving the scene of a crash.
Jessica’s father said his daughter could have died if it weren’t for the actions of the strangers.
“I look forward to one day getting the details and meeting those people and giving them a hug and saying ‘Thank you,’” he said.
He said he's concentrating on his daughter’s health right now.
Jessica was supposed to start technical school in the fall to become a firefighter, like her father, a retired firefighter in Puyallup.
Dale Anderson said doctors won’t know the severity of his daughter’s injuries until she wakes up. He said she should not be paralyzed and he expected her to someday reach her dream of becoming a firefighter.
“I don’t put it past her,” he said.
Jessica does have insurance, but the family has put together a blog to help raise money for medical and rehabilitation bills: http://www.gofundme.com/ydowc#description
Friends of Jessica Anderson are also holding a donation car wash on August 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Puyallup Dairy Queen at 152nd and Meridian to raise funds for Jessica.