(06/05/2001)
UPDATE TUESDAY 1 PM - A Stumptown woman, Brenda Billingsley, remains in critical condition after eleven days in the Intensive Care Unit of Charleston General Hospital, according to a hospital spokesperson. The woman, whose age has been listed in her 20's, was injured in a two-car collision on Route 16 between Orma and Minnora on Memorial Day weekend. A spokesperson said last week, attempts at surgery had been discontinued because of her unstable condition.

Also injured in the crash was Naomi Ruth Dawson of Arnoldsburg, the driver of the other vehicle. A hospital spokesperson said Dawson's condition had been upgraded to fair. She was being moved out of the Intensive Care Unit Tuesday to a trauma step-down unit, according to a hospital spokesperson.

A family spokesperson told The Herald last week she suffered two broken vertebrae, a punctured lung, a fractured arm and leg and multiple lacerations. They also reported Dawson may have had a heart attack at the time of the accident.

The women, driving separate vehicles, crashed near a turn, with one of the vehicles catching fire. Two HealthNet choppers life-flighted the injured women from the Upper West Fork Park, where they were taken by emergency services.


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