By Emily Sharrer, Editor-in-Chief

The road to recovery for Michelle Dawson, the student who was hit by a car while in a crosswalk on Patriot Circle on March 29, is going to be a long one say family of the junior marketing major.

Dawson, who was recently moved from INOVA Fairfax to a local rehabilitation center, is currently undergoing speech, brain and occupational therapy according to Danielle Dawson, Michelle’s older sister and a senior art and visual technology major.

“She’s gonna be in a wheelchair for a long time, there’s just no definite answer right now,” said Danielle Dawson, who has been at Michelle’s side almost everyday since the accident.

“She’s a fighter and she’s doing everything the doctors are telling her to do with the various rehab that she’s going through,” said Michelle’s dad, Dave Dawson.

“It’s like a waiting game and everyday we get a new little piece of the puzzle. [Michelle and Danielle] were like inseparable. [Danielle’s] basically taken off her semester to help rehabilitate Michelle, which is sweet of her and we all appreciate that. Thank god Danielle’s there with her everyday and night,” he said.

The driver of the car that hit Michelle Dawson, Jeffrey Jenkins, a 23-year-old non-Mason student was charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian.

“She’s been at the rehabilitation center for a little over a week and she’ll be rehabilitating for quite a while. . . she’ll be walking eventually, hopefully without even a cane or crutches, but that’s still months away,” said Dave Dawson.