Updates on Aubrey Baumbach’s condition

Photo posted on Facebook by Erin Leist

Aubrey Baumbach ‘17 was seriously injured in a hit-and-run two weeks ago.
Aubrey Baumbach ‘17 was seriously injured in a hit-and-run two weeks ago.

Hit-and-run victim Aubrey Baumbach ‘17 is reportedly showing signs of progress, but has not yet gained consciousness as of Wednesday, Nov. 20. She remains in intensive care in St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, Pa, after a Jeep struck Baumbach as she walked to a parking lot on Lehigh Drive after crew practice on Friday, Nov. 8.

Lisa Baumbach, Aubrey’s mother, created a Facebook group called “Aubrey’s Odyssey” to post updates on her daughter’s condition. On Friday, Nov. 15, Lisa Baumbach posted that Aubrey “sustained a severe brain injury” and that “only time will tell how she will pull this.”

She also posted that on Monday, Nov. 11, Aubrey underwent two surgeries to relieve pressure on her brain and that the surgeries were a success.

“Thursday morning [Nov. 14] specialists were saying ‘she will wake up’ and will start to talk about weeks and months down the road,” she wrote.

Since the Nov. 15 post, there have been no updates on Aubrey’s condition.

The man behind the wheel of the Jeep was Wilson D. Kneebone, 49, of Lower Mount Bethel Township. Kneebone was driving under a suspended license because of a previous DUI charge. He had accrued another hit-and-run charge in 1997, but no one was seriously hurt in that instance.

He was charged with aggravated assault by vehicle, leaving an accident involving serious injury, and driving with a suspended license. He was committed to Northampton Country Prison with a $85,000 bail.

 

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