Ayana Barkley, 26, who was nearly killed after getting hit by a car on Sept. 28 was awake from a coma after a month and even spoke a sentence, according to WJW.

Ayana was at Poochie’s Deli. She was struck by a vehicle when crossing the road. The driver did not stop. Ayana has been in a coma ever since.

Michael Barkley, Ayana’s father, said that she woke up from the coma earlier this week and spoke her first words on Thursday, Oct. 24.

“This is amazing that’s she’s out of her coma that she had been in, since that horrible hit and run,” Barkley said. “She had a serious infection, and we will see how she progresses from her critical injuries. Her doctors at UH, and Grace Hospital are fantastic.”

“At times she still can’t speak clearly. We’re waiting for her to be able to breathe on her own, then she will be moved to Metro for additional treatment,” Bradley continued.

According to Barkley, Ayana has a long road to recovery, but her family is hopeful.

Cleveland police announced they impounded a 2004 Ford Explorer with heavy front end damage, matching the description of the car involved, according to Patch Media.

Detectives are trying to locate the owner of the vehicle.

Anyone with information on the hit-and-run is asked to call Cleveland police’s Accident Investigation Unit at 216-623-5295. Anonymous information can be provided via Crimstoppers: call or text 216-25-CRIME.

Go Fund Me has been set up to help with Ayana’s medical bills.

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