Julia Romero, 17, is an Idyllwild resident and an honor student at Hemet High School. She also has been a star runner on her school’s girl’s track team.
Julia was severely injured in a car crash on Friday, March 31 on Highway 243 just north of Franklin Drive. The collision is reported to have been caused by another driver who crossed over double-yellow lines and collided head-on with the car Julia was driving, according to a California Highway Patrol report. The suspected DUI incident is under investigation.
Both of Julia’s legs were broken in the crash, and one leg has a fractured femur that will need extensive surgery. She has broken ribs on one side of her body, and initial CHP reports also listed a punctured lung.
Brianna Pena has started an online GoFundMe campaign (www.gofundme.com/getting-julia-back-on-track) to raise $6,000 to allow
Julia’s mother to be at her side in the hospital and help defray medical bills for Julia’s major surgical procedures.
Elizabeth Romero, Julia’s mother, said the family is on Medi-Cal which doesn’t cover any physical therapy. So the family is going to request that the GoFundMe campaign funds be raised to a higher level.
The site has pictures of Julia, as part of the Hemet High School girls track team, and in the hospital after the crash. According to the website, Julia had been hoping her high GPA, AP courses and success on the HHS track team would help open the door for a college scholarship.
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