Renton teen recovering after life-threatening hit-and-run

SEATTLE -- A Renton teenager, badly injured after being hit by a car while walking home after a high school exam, is recovering in the hospital.

Mariah Boehm, 17, is currently unable to walk, said her father, Tony Pagliocco. Doctors are still assessing her long-term prognosis.

"She's got a very competitive spirit. Anyone who knows her will tell you she's very competitive, so that's the attitude we're going to take," Pagliocco said, sitting outside Harborview Medical Center Wednesday afternoon. "She's a fighter. She's strong."

Police say a driver drifted into the shoulder of the road near the 800 block of Duvall Avenue Northeast around 11:45 a.m. last Thursday. The driver hit Mariah and drove away, but later returned to the scene, investigators said.

"She gave a statement as to what happened," said Det. Robert Onishi with the Renton Police Department.

Detectives are waiting on a search warrant for the suspect's cell phone and the results of a toxicology test.

Boehm and her family had only moved to Renton 18 months ago, her family said. Her father, Tony, got a job with Wizards of the Coast, the company that makes the popular game 'Magic the Gathering,' after playing competitively for years.

The gaming community is among those behind a huge boost in online fundraising to help cover Mariah's medical bills. A Give Forward fund has raised more than $40,000 in just a few days.

"I can't even begin to express how grateful and thankful I am to all of our friends and all of our family in every community," Pagliocco said. "If someone gives a dollar or doesn't give a dollar, I really don't care. If someone at least reads this and will drive safer, that's actually just as fine with me, because no one should have to go through what we're going through right now."

Pagliacco also survived a bad accident - at the same age, now, as his daughter.

"When I was 17 I got into a severe car accident too, and my mom drove up on that. Here we are 20 years later and my daughter gets hit by a car and I'm driving up into it," he added. "It's all just surreal."