Seriously injured woman hit by suspected drunk driver looks to public for help

Aleisha Bennett was sitting in a car when she was hit by a suspected drunk driver.

For weeks her family was not sure she would survive, now the family is having money problems because she had no insurance when she was hit.

"Sometimes I don't feel like rolling out of bed," Bennett said. 

Those nine words sum up a world of pain for Bennett, 22, who had been in a coma for weeks after the accident.

She hasn't been the same since a near-fatal car accident in July when she and her boyfriend were stopped at a light on Telegraph and Chicago in Redford rear ended by a driver in a sport utility vehicle.

Redford police say the driver who hit her, 48-year-old Elisabeth Ann Pressley, was drunk. Pressley was in district court Tuesday seven months after the accident. 

The arraignment was held up because police had to wait for toxicology results and for Bennett to be stabilized.

"The doctor told me I should pull the plug," said Antoinette Ruffin, Bennett's sister. "Like it was no option because her brain was so badly damaged that there was no way it would be able to repair itself.

"By the grace of God she's made it this far."  

Ruffin is Bennett's older sister and now her caretaker.

Her therapy has been cut from three days to two days a week and they cannot afford the kind of help she needs.

"(There) was an issue with the insurance," Ruffin said. "So I said so how much is it out of pocket, she said honey you don't even want to know, you don't want to waste your time 

Now Bennett's hospital bills are piling up, her recovery  is slow and  there's a slim chance she can file a civil suit for damages said Charlie Langton, FOX 2's legal analyst. 

"She didn't do anything wrong but because she didn't have insurance she can't sue the person who rear ended her," Langton said. "Is that fair, I don't know. But that's the law." 

As for Pressley, she's facing two counts of operating while intoxicated causing serious injury it carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

Bennett is pleading with anyone who may get behind the wheel drunk, not to.

"Stay home or in one place until you feel a little better," she said.

If you would like to help Bennett's family with their medical bills and therapy, click on the GoFundMe page HERE.

Bennett was working full-time as a nursing assistant at the time of the crash, but as a Detroit resident her family said she could not afford car insurance.
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