TAMPA, Fla. - Zaraida Yuda, 18, and her fiancee Loedanis Curbelo-Izquierdo, 19, had planned an exciting trip to Disney World on August 10.
First, Curbelo-Izquierdo had to drive Yuda to her early shift at work.
"She says she doesn't remember much about the accident," explained her attorney, Luis Figueroa.
Speaking through an interpreter Monday afternoon, Yuda recounted the events of a morning that changed her life.
Around 5am, a light colored pick-up truck rammed into the back of their Jeep on the 3200 block of West Hillsborough Avenue. The couple lost control of their vehicle and slammed into a nearby building. The truck drove off.
"We want to solve it and give the family some closure," said Sgt. Pat Kennedy. "They want to know who caused this accident, who put them in the hospital for 39 days."
The accident left both Yuda and Curbelo-Izquierdo with a fractured skull, traumatic brain injuries, and broken bones.
"She lost time from work and lost her job," Figueroa said. "She forgets those memories that she had that were so special."
The couple chose to create a new, happy memory by moving up their wedding day, but Yuda's mother is still emotional about the past, never expecting her daughter to live.
"She cries because she almost lost a daughter and she says the one she has is not the same," Figueroa said.
The suspect's truck had a black bug deflector that broke, and likely had some cracks on the right front headlight. There's a $1,000 reward leading to that person's arrest. Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS.
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