The family of a 28-year-old Santa Monica woman say she is undergoing treatment for head trauma at a local hospital after a hit and run collision earlier this month and they are seeking support for her recovery.

Brittany Norton remains in the Neuro-Intensive Care Unit at UCLA hospital, where she is being treated for head trauma that has caused blood on her brain, multiple facial fractures, broken ribs and a collapsed lung, her aunt Maureen Norton said. Brittany has been taken off the ventilator and is conscious and responsive, her aunt said.

UCLA medical center doctors will run tests to determine the extent of her brain injury once she is cleared from intensive care, she said.

Norton was walking in a marked crosswalk at Pacific and Main streets in Santa Monica Monday night, February 1st, when she was struck by a vehicle that police say attempted to pass a slower moving vehicle. The driver of the vehicle allegedly failed to stop at the scene but a witness was able to obtain the vehicle’s license plate number.

Officers located the driver, a 40-year-old Malibu woman, and arrested her for felony hit and run, Sgt. Jay Trisler said.

Norton’s family say they are grateful for the people who came to Brittany’s aid following the collision and are asking for the public’s continued support during the recovery process. The recovery will require extensive rehabilitation and the family will be faced with significant expenses, they say.

“We would like to thank everyone for coming together during this difficult time and ask for their continual support and donations,” Maureen Norton said.

A Web page has been created for information at http://upperbranch.com/brittany/.

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