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Man fights for his life after being hit by a speeding car

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VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

A Vancouver man remains in the hospital in critical condition after he was run down by an out-of-control car on Tuesday afternoon.

A trauma surgeon described Joseph Reilly's condition having tremendous injuries but expected to survive.

That crash happened along Highway 99 near Northeast 72nd Street in the Hazel Dell area of Vancouver.

The crash killed driver, Annastasia Morrison, 20 of Vancouver but it seriously injured Reilly.

A mangled mess is all that was left of the car that hit Reilly as he walked along Highway 99 on Tuesday afternoon.

"My initial thought was wow, that's a really nasty accident. I didn't know that I had a family member involved," said Aaron Hahn, Reilly's cousin and family spokesperson.

It was later on that Hahn found out his cousin, Reilly, was the innocent bystander hit by that car. Surveillance video from a C-Tran bus show what investigators said is Morrison's car speed by, lose control and then disappears in the distance into a cloud of dust.

The crash left Reilly with serious brain swelling.

"His most important issue right now is to make sure his brain function returns. We have made that possible to allow brain to expand like I said, beyond the confines of the skull," said Dr. George Dulabon, a trauma surgeon for Peace Health Southwest medical Center.

Reilly, was on his way to work at Smokey's Pizza when he was hit.

His family says he was working full time, striving to make it on his own.

"You don't believe that's real at first. It's stunning and now that we're coming to grips with what happened, now our focus as a family is Joseph's care and his recovery and being there for him," said Hahn.

Reilly's main injuries are brain swelling and numerous broken bones in his arms, legs and pelvis.

"Joseph is one of the kindest souls you'll ever meet and he has a creative mind and yet a biding sense of humor and optimistic soul," added Hahn.

Reilly's family is now by his side at the hospital, as they all pray that the 21-year-old gets back to his normal life.

"Joseph is fighting, hanging on, surrounded by family from all over who love him immeasurably. We know he's strong and we will be strong for him and with him, said Hahn.

Doctors say Reilly has a long road to recovery but because he's young, they do believe that will help with his recovery process. 

The family has set up an account for donations to pay for Reilly's medical bills.

You can donate at any Twin Star Credit Union location under Joseph M. Reilly.

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