Two Years Since Hit-And-Run Left Los Gatos High Student With Traumatic Brain Injury

Shea Shaw, 17, was hit by a car on Jan. 8, 2011 while crossing an intersection in San Jose.


It has been two years since 17-year-old Campbell resident and Los Gatos High School student Shea Shaw crossed the intersection of Camden and Bascom avenues. Her life, and that of her family, has never been the same.

The teen, along with her boyfriend were crossing the intersection at about 1:10 a.m. on Jan. 8, 2011 when Shea was hit by an oncoming car in the crosswalk.

The accident left Shea in a coma and with traumatic brain injury.

A security video of the accident was released to authorities. It was grainy but showed that there was a crowd of people across the street at the 7-Eleven who ran over to Shea when the car struck her. The driver of the car has not been found yet.

Since her accident, a website, Angels for Shea and a Facebook Page, Angels for Shea were created to keep supporters up-to-date on how the teen is doing and what they could do to help. 

The website says that Shea is currently in a semi-conscious state:

"Shea is in a semi conscious state, Not a coma. It is called an emerging State. At times she is minimally conscious. This is a part of her brain in the healing state." 

Shea currently lives with her mother, Cari Shaw and her father, Robbie sees her every week. Progress is slow for the teen.

"Shea is progressing slow but it's all positive improments," Robbie Shaw says.

Anyone with information about the hit-and-run is asked to contact San Jose Police Department at 408-409-5339.

Donations can be made:

  • At any Wells Fargo Bank to the Shea Shaw Donation Fund and will specifically assist Shea's family with her medical bills. 
  • The Shea’s Hope Fund helps Shea and Cari Shaw with their life expenses. 

Read other articles on Shea and her family's journey:

  • Hit and Run Victim Makes Small Steps of Progress
  • Campbell's Shea Shaw Turns 16 Today
  • High School Community Rallies for Campbell Teen Hit by Car

Read all of Shea Shaw's Story here.

Michelle McNutt January 10, 2013 at 01:10 AM
Editors. What the hay? This story didn't rate a top spot and an old Kumra story and very old sporting goods store story with no new comments for over a week and now a cold spell story? How on earth do you decide what to place at the top? I check Patch throughout the day and don't have the patience to scroll through looking for new, important, and current news. I really like Patch, but you are fast approaching out of date and stale. Thanks for listening.


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