TAMPA — Gabrielle Rossman, the 5-year-old triplet critically injured while playing in her yard Friday night, is improving, and her condition has been upgraded to serious at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital, according to the hospital.
Gabrielle was taken to the hospital in critical condition Friday. She was being treated for internal bleeding, a collapsed lung, several broken ribs, two broken clavicles and breaks in her pelvis and right leg.
Triplets Gabrielle, Isabella and Delaney were playing in their front yard Friday night with their 10-year-old sister, Victoria, and their 9-year-old friend, Marissa Manuli. A neighbor, Betty-Jo Tagerson, barreled down Kings Manor Avenue in her Jeep and into their yard, hitting the girls, killing Delaney and injuring Gabrielle, authorities have said.
Tagerson's driving record includes two tickets for speeding from 2004 and failure to observe a traffic sign or device, according to records from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. She also had her license suspended for about eight months beginning in October 2009 for not having any personal injury protection insurance.
Gabrielle's family released a statement Tuesday saying they remain "hopeful for a full recovery" despite "very serious" injuries.
"We are asking for continued prayers for Gabrielle's recovery, as well as respect for our privacy during this difficult time," the statement read.
A trust fund for the family has been set up at Fifth Third Bank in the name of Triplets Memorial Fund, according to the hospital.
Donations can be mailed directly to Fifth Third Bank, Bayonet Point Financial Center, 12231 U.S. 19, M T42366, Bayonet Point, FL, 34667.
The public visitation and funeral service for Delaney will begin at noon Thursday at Aripeka Baptist Church, 18731 Aripeka Road in Aripeka. Those who want to send flowers or to make a contribution toward funeral expenses can contact Dobies Funeral Home at (877) 769-7555.
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