Basketball game to be held tomorrow for the benefit of comatose teen-ager PASADENA

January 19, 1993

Friends of Vanessa Hill, a 17-year-old senior at Northeast Hig School who remains in a coma after a Nov. 10 car accident, are having a charity basketball game tomorrow night to benefit her and her family.

Vanessa was injured two months ago when the car she was riding in with four friends smashed into a tree on Outing Avenue near 214th Street in Pasadena. Another passenger, Michelle Marie Dyke, 17, died.

Taken immediately to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Vanessa remains in "serious but stable" condition, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Evelyn Hayden, whose daughter Angel attends Northeast High School and who organized the benefit, said the teen-ager is still in a coma but "responding beautifully." If she continues to improve, Vanessa could be moved within a couple of weeks to the Kennedy Krieger Institute for rehabilitation.

"When you hold her hand, there is pressure there as if she is telling you she knows you're there," she said.

The WBAL Channel 11 All-Stars will play a team of coaches and alumni beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the school gymnasium. Tickets will be sold at the door.

Donations also can be made to the Vanessa Hill Fund, P.O. Box 335, Pasadena 21122.

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