SAVANAH HERNANDEZ REPORTS: St. Louis teen paralyzed after career criminal crashes into her while illegally driving car

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Daniel Riley, a St. Louis criminal, who violated bond over 40 times, was out on bond for a felony robbery when he crashed into 17-year-old Janae Edmonson, leaving her permanently paralyzed in both legs. Edmonson, a volleyball player who had just received a scholarship to play at the University of Tennessee Southern, received a double amputation as a result of the crash. 

During the evening of Feb 20th, 21-year-old Riley was illegally operating a vehicle without a license while speeding through downtown St. Louis before crashing into another vehicle. Edmonson, a Tennessee resident who was in St. Louis for a volleyball tournament, was walking down the street with her parents when the crash left her pinned between two cars. 

Riley was later arrested “for three counts of assault, armed criminal action, and operating a vehicle without a valid license,” according to KMOV4. Police stated that he was driving 20 miles over the limit while operating the vehicle without a license. He had also received a violation of his bond for a prior felony robbery, just five days prior to the crash

After the crash, Edmonson’s mother and father fought to keep her alive as they waited for paramedics, with her father using his belt and the belt of a stranger as a tourniquet for his daughter’s legs. Edmonson was subsequently put on a ventilator.

This week, Edmonson’s parents publicly announced that their daughter had both of her legs amputated. They shared that Edmonson has had five surgeries and a steel rod is holding her pelvis together.

Just two weeks ago, Edmonson had received a scholarship to UT Southern, with the head volleyball coach sharing that the university is still going to honor her scholarship, and she will still be a part of the team. The community has also rallied behind Edmonson, and a GoFundMe has been set up, having already raised over $650,000.

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