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10 months after suspected DUI collision, handicapped victim to appear at Walk like MADD

Jourdan Bacot, 24, was badly hurt Dec. 1, 2016, in a suspected drunken driving collision. Police say the suspect, Esteban Valdez, ran a red light and then tried to run from the scene. Valdez pleaded not guilty, but his case has not yet been resolved.

Nearly 10 months after a suspected drunken driver ran a red light and smashed into her car, 24-year-old Jourdan Bacot will make an appearance Saturday at Bakersfield's Walk like MADD fundraiser for Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Bacot was badly hurt in the collision and remains handicapped by the traumatic brain injury she suffered Dec. 1, 2016. Doctors cannot predict whether she will ever recover.

Police say the suspect, Esteban Valdez, attempted to run away from the scene. He was apprehended, but his case has not yet been resolved.

Bacot received care from Kern Medical, as well as another facility in Fresno, Calif., before moving back in with her parents, Todd and Gina Farnsworth.

The Farnsworths are her primary caregivers. She requires 24-hour attention.

They have assembled a team of nearly 100 walkers for Saturday's event, hoping to raise money for the MADD services that they say have been very helpful.

Carla Pearson, a victim services specialist for MADD, met the family at the hospital on day one and stayed in contact with them ever since.

"She met with us when we spoke to the district attorney and helped us there," Todd Farnsworth said. "And again, I think was really just there to encourage and almost comfort because she's been there before."

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