Valley teacher making progress after hit-and-run

Posted at 2:38 PM, Jan 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-13 10:42:52-05

Following months of rehabilitation after being hit by a vehicle, Scottsdale teacher Maureen Brown is continuing to recover.

In a Facebook post, she shared updates on her recovery and thanks her medical staff, friends and family for their care and support.

“I wanted to take the opportunity to update everyone on my progress and share some news. I also want to express my gratitude for the outpouring of support and care," she wrote on January 5.

Brown was crossing the street near 124th Street and Shea last October on her way to see her nieces at a “trunk or treat” event but never made it. She had been hit by a car and the driver drove away.

She spent weeks in a coma at a local hospital and spent even longer in the Intensive Care Unit and rehabilitation. In her post, she said she is now out of the hospital and back home.

“After spending a month at an acute rehab center I was finally able to leave just before the holidays. Although everyone at the rehab center was super supportive it was the greatest gift to be able to be with my family and friends outside the walls of a hospital or rehab facility,” she wrote.

She will require future surgeries to repair the damage from the crash. Most of her injuries were on the right side of her body, arms and legs, she wrote.

In her post, she also gave some insight into those first moments when she awoke from the coma.

She had two main concerns for the doctors: would she be able to speak again and how were her students doing at Cocopah Middle School where she is an eighth-grade teacher.

She won’t be at school this year, but hopes to visit with her students soon, she wrote.

Since the crash, she’s gotten engaged, according to the post.

Scottsdale police have not made any arrests in the case, but said it remains “open and active.”

The suspect vehicle is described as a dark-colored, four-door sedan. It most likely will have damage to its hood and windshield.

Silent Witness is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case. They can be reached at 480-WITNESS. Tips can be made anonymously.