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Family of woman injured in suspected street racing crash speaks

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MCMINNVILLE, OR (KPTV) -

Natasha Fisher, 18, is still in the hospital with severe injuries sustained as a result of a suspected street racing crash that killed a McMinnville man on May 4.

The last seven weeks have been hard for Missy Gates as she sits at her daughter’s side at the hospital, and doctors said the prognosis is not good.

"She's been through probably 18 surgeries now and she's still here. It's up to her and up to God, not up to me," said Gates.

Fisher’s boyfriend, Jeremy Hopper II, was one of the drivers involved in the crash on Highway 99W near McMinnville. Police said he was likely street racing when he lost control of the car and hit a minivan head-on.

The Minivan’s driver, Claudio Marquez died at the scene.

Gates said her daughter cannot speak, but can communicate non-verbally.

"She's looking at me again and actually moving her mouth," said Gates. "To me that's communication."

While it is no doubt hard to stay positive during a time like this, Gates said she has no choice but to hope for the best, never giving up on her daughter.

"I told her the other day, if you're done fighting that’s your choice, it's not my choice. But I’m not going to stop fighting for her," Gates said.

One driver, Andrew Olson, was taken into custody Saturday according to police. He has been charged with manslaughter, assault in the first degree, assault in the fourth degree, and reckless driving.

Jeremy Hopper II was taken into custody Sunday. Hopper has been charged with assault in the first degree, assault in the fourth degree, and reckless driving.

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