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Oct 12, 2012 10:52 PM

Accident Victim Crowned Homecoming Princess

Last August, a Lexington teen was hit by a car while riding her bike. For weeks, Shaina Whitt was in critical condition at UK hospital. Since then her speedy recovery has impressed doctors and family. Friday night, Whitt was honored at Lafayette High School's Homecoming, where she attended class before the accident.

Shaina's friends and family says she's a fighter. They say they knew the 15 year old would recover, they just weren't sure how soon it would happen.

"Seeing how she was two and a half months ago to now. Seeing that person she is now compared to who she used to be. It's incredible," says her friend, Lexi Caudill.

Whitt isn't defined by her near death accident. Ask anyone at the Homecoming game and they'll tell you, it's Shaina's spirit they admire.

"She's just herself, it was like the accident never happened!" says friend, Shelby Burgess, as an announcer yells Shaina's name over the PA system.

She's crowned Homecoming Princess, chosen for the title by her classmates.

"When she got her name called, everyone knew she just deserved it. Not even because of the accident, just because of the person that she is," Burgess says.

"Seeing her progress, it changed not even her, her family, but everyone. And it taught us all so much," Caudill says.

While she still has a long road ahead, Shaina's family and friends say they'll be there cheering her on from the sidelines.

Shaina's family tells LEX 18 right now she's rehabilitating from home. They say they hope she's back in school by January.


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