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Outlook uncertain for teen struck by SUV

Gates, N.Y. - Last week, a 15 year-old biking home from summer school was struck by an SUV on Elmgrove Road in Gates. This week she remains in guarded condition at Strong Memorial Hospital with doctors offering her mother an uncertain outlook.

"The truth is we really, really, really don't know she is in very, very serious condition, she has multiple injuries so we really don't know, their hope is that she will begin responding, said Deborah Blish of her daughter Alyssas condition. But it's going to be a long road, a very long road.

Blish is receiving prayers from all over the world and people are tracking her progress and condition through social media and websites. The Blishs are part of an Alternative and Complimentary Healing community and a Oneness Blessing (Deeksha) group in the Greater Rochester area. Through that theyve found strength during this difficult time.

"They are literally praying for her in India, Israel, Argentina just all over the world, said Deborah Blish. "There's been an outpouring of love and prayer and blessings and we want that to continue.

Alyssa Blish is due to begin her sophomore year at Gates-Chili High School this fall. She was riding home from summer school Wednesday afternoon when she was struck by an SUV that was also traveling northbound on Elmgrove Road.

Gates Police said the driver stayed at the scene and witnesses tell officers that Blish swerved into the road before the SUV struck her. The driver does not face any charges but Gates Police continue to investigate.

"My daughter normally, I've never known her to not wear her helmet and she didn't wear her helmet that day, explained Blish. It was the one day she didn't have her helmet on and so you never know when that one moment is that you need it so wear your helmets, please wear your helmets.

Alyssas mother also hopes drivers keep her daughters situation in mind as they pass pedestrians or bikers on the roadways.

"It's far better to damage your vehicle hitting another vehicle than it is to risk someone's life who is very vulnerable, Blish warned. That is my point that I wish to make here is that we are very responsible for other people's lives, people that are much more vulnerable than we are when we're driving our vehicle.

 
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