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Rutgers student out of coma, in rehab one month after accident

Rutgers student, Timothy McDonnell, age 20 and residing in Holmdel, is finally out of a coma state and is moved to a rehabilitation center. This was the good news coming from his family.

According to the latest news, McDonnell was moved by ambulance to the Kessler Rehabilitation Institute in West Orange afternoon of October 29. It was almost a month after he was hit by a car while he was crossing the street.

At about 2:16 o’clock in the morning of October 6, McDonnell who is a Junior in the Rutgers, was crossing Easton Ave. when he was hit by an Audi,2007 model that was operated by Michael Schenck, age 30 who was also a  resident of Somerset. The victim sustained serious contusion in the head and other critical injuries. Driver Schenck was not injured and has not been charged.

Four weeks after the victim was placed in a medically-induced coma at University Hospital of Robert Wood Johnson, the McDonnell family was happy to post in their FB that from the clinical standpoint, doctors had informed them Timmy is considered out of a coma.

Residents of Homdel have all answered the call of the McDonnell family for prayers over the last month for his recovery. Timmy’s cousin Katie told Patch that the Holmdel community has been giving the family amazing support. The students of Holmdel High School had placed several signs after the accident with the slogan – Fight, Timmy, fight! That is their mantra for the recovery of the former athlete of Holmdel High School.

The entire football team joined Matt, who is the 17-year-old brother of Timmy and also a H.S. football player, in supporting his brother. Matt wore the former jersey of his brother during the team’s match against Spotwood that became their first win of the season. The team offered their victory   in honor of Timothy. The team during the first week in October following the accident showed that the former player was in their hearts and minds by wearing his initials, “TM” on their helmets during their winning match.

Tremendous support was given to the McDonnell family from several local sports teams as the team of Monmouth University Basketball and several Rutgers’ fraternities and sororities. According to Katie, a church service was held at St. Catharine’s in Holmdel on October 23 that was overflowing with residents and community members.

The Holmdel community gives their all-out support for the family as they are known locally for their charitable work. His father, Tim McDonnell was the founder of a charity he called – My Three Sons- that he organized after a close family friend succumbed to cancer and was survived by three small kids. Tim McDonnell was also stricken with cancer in 2012 but has successfully undergone treatment and is currently in remission.

Patch stated that they will continue providing updates about Timmy’s condition and hope that next report will contain vast improvement.

If you or your loved one has been harmed or fatally injured in a vehicular accident caused by the negligence of a distracted driver, contact a car accident lawyer now for free consultation. You may be entitled to financial compensation for economic damages, as well as pain and suffering.

Source: Patch Com


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