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Pasco triplet hit by car improves but doesn't know sister died

HUDSON — Gabrielle Rossman is finally awake, still recovering from broken bones and internal bleeding she suffered when run over by a Jeep on Friday night but out of a medically induced coma.

Though the 5-year-old can talk and ask questions, she hasn't been told that fellow triplet Delaney died in the crash. The family is waiting for help from a child's advocate, said her aunt Ryan Kalhorn.

"She's got a long road ahead of her," Kalhorn said of Gabrielle.

The Florida Highway Patrol is still investigating Betty-Jo Tagerson, who authorities said sped out of her driveway and hit the sisters in a neighbor's front yard.

Delaney was pronounced dead Saturday morning.

Gabrielle arrived at St. Joseph's Hospital in critical condition, but she improved to fair condition Wednesday. Kalhorn said doctors don't know how much longer she'll be hospitalized.

The third triplet, Isabella, and 9-year-old neighbor Marissa Manuli had minor injuries. The triplets' older sister, Victoria Morgan, jumped out of the way.

Kalhorn said that in the days after the crash, a child's advocate helped tell Isabella that Delaney is dead, but Isabella hasn't said much about it.

Delaney's funeral is scheduled for today at Aripeka Baptist Church. Kalhorn said she hopes a public memorial service Friday will be a celebration of Delaney's life.

The family asks that donations be made to the Triplets Memorial Fund at any Fifth Third Bank or mailed to the branch at 12231 U.S. 19, M T42366, Bayonet Point, FL 34667.

Pasco triplet hit by car improves but doesn't know sister died 11/10/10 [Last modified: Thursday, November 11, 2010 7:56am]
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