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Wausau jogger hit by car out of coma; friend says she is a forgiving woman


Twenty days after being hit by a car that sped away, leaving her unconscious and bleeding on a Wausau street, a 22-year-old jogger is no longer in a medically induced coma and is breathing on her own, friends said Tuesday.

Molly Viehweg remains in a hospital but is shaking hands with friends, they say.

"I think it's really important to know Molly and her character is to know that she would forgive the person who did this to her as long as they would be willing to face the consequences," Emily Fectau said.

Viehweg was critically injured in a hit-and-run crash July 19 when the driver, according to court records, was searching for her cellphone.

Josie Romero, 27, of Wausau is charged with one felony - hit and run involving great bodily harm - and one misdemeanor - bail jumping - in the crash. She has pleaded not guilty.

Efforts continued Tuesday to raise money to help with Viehweg's medical expenses.

Jalapeno's Mexican Restaurant & Bar donated 10 percent of its sales, according to the restaurant's Facebook page.

Viehweg's friends gathered there, a place where the young bartender enjoyed her time. 

Jordyn Hackbarth said her friend loved to exercise. "She always ate super healthy. If I tried telling her, 'Hey try this chip,' she wouldn't do it because she's an extreme healthy person."

Hackbarth added, "She is never on time for anything. She always took her time so of course she is taking her time now to get better."

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