Emily Bowman, Kennesaw State student
ATHENS, Ga. (WXIA) -- The 22 year old who allegedly hit a 19-year-old Kennesaw State student Saturday morning in Athens may turn himself in.
The man's attorney says he will do that after police issue an arrest warrant.
Emily Bowman's parents said Monday their daughter had gone to Athens to celebrate a friend's birthday Friday night. She was walking in the grass along Oak Street just after 3 a.m. Saturday to turn in for the night, when a red Mazda pickup went off the road and hit her from behind.
Bowman was rushed to Athens Regional Medical Center where her parents said Monday night she remains on life support. According to Emily's father, Dale, she has a broken pelvis, nose, is unconscious, and for the most part, unresponsive.
Bowman said doctors have already removed a large piece of his daughter's skull to help with the swelling, which a recent CAT scan shows stabilizing.
However, the family received a bit of good news Tuesday morning. Although there has been little change to Emily's condition, her brain has stopped swelling.
Police found the truck they believe was involved in the crash abandoned a few blocks down the road. Investigators said there were empty beer bottles inside the cab and truck bed.
Investigators said they know from car parts and surveillance video that the truck was involved in the crash. The challenge now is proving who was behind the wheel.
"We suspect that he contacted someone that night and that is how he left the scene, so we're asking anyone that did have contact with him to come forward," said Lt. Don Eckert, one of the investigators on the case.
Eckert said the 22-year old male suspect, who has not yet been named, refused to talk. Police said he has been in trouble before, but not for drinking and driving. Investigators are tracking down his movements leading up to the crash.
A woman who answered the door Monday at the address listed in the police report as that of the the suspect would not comment on camera, but did say her family is "heartbroken"; she called this "an unbelievable nightmare" that has left the whole family "beyond distraught," and said "we're just praying." She said she could not comment about anything else, such as whether the young man will surrender to police.
She would not give the name of the family's attorney, but said she would ask the attorney to contact 11Alive News right away.
As of late Monday night the attorney had not called 11Alive News.
Emily Bowman's parents, their eyes swollen from not enough sleep and too many tears, said they simply don't understand. They're begging the man to come foward, explain what happened and accept responsibility for it.
"She's the love of my life," said her mom. "And she's all we really have," added her father, as they sat side by side in the hospital chapel, asking the community to keep them in their prayers.
Tatiana Martinez, who has been one of Emily Bowman's best friends since they were 4 years old, said Bowman was "the funniest person I've ever met. She's one of the friends that you know will be there for the rest of your life. We talk every single day."
Martinez thought for a moment about whoever was behind the wheel in the crash.
"I just want him to know what he did and how many people he's hurt. And that's just another reason why people shouldn't drink and drive. That's why Emily wasn't. That's why she chose to walk," she said.