Jackie Faircloth faces life of recovery after Tallahassee crash

Jackie Faircloth was an 18-year-old high school senior when her life forever changed during a trip to visit her brother at Florida State University in Tallahassee.

As she crossed a street near campus, a driver hit her and fled. She barely survived and was left with a traumatic brain injury.

Last week, a jury sided with Jackie’s family in a civil suit that lasted almost five years. Now Jackie’s mother Kathy showed FOX 13’s Kelly Ring what life has been like since that fateful night.

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Jackie cannot talk or walk. She has feeding and breathing tubes. She receives daily therapy and 24-hour care. It’s not a life the Faircloth family ever imagined for their vivacious, energetic and beautiful daughter.

The hit-and-run driver involved in the accident was eventually sentenced to two and a half years in prison and is now on probation. A jury awarded the family $30 million in the civil case against two Tallahassee bars -- Pot Bellies, which served the underage driver that night, and Cantania 101, which served 18-year-old Jackie.

Kathy Faircloth says the money will be used to pay for Jackie’s care and treatment.