A St. Paul woman is facing a long recovery after she was critically injured in a hit-and-run crash on the city’s East Side Monday night.

Sophia Bouwens, 26, suffered multiple jaw and facial fractures and fractures at the base of her skull and at the top of her spine, according to a GoFundMe page that was set up for donations to help the family with medical and living expenses.

According to a St. Paul police report:

Officers were called to 6th St. E. and Cypress Street in the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood around 7:30 p.m. Monday on a report of a hit-and-run.

Two vehicles had crashed and ended up in the yard of a house, said St. Paul police spokesman Steve Linders. Three people reportedly fled on foot from one of the vehicles, Linders said.

Bouwens, trapped inside her heavily damaged vehicle, had to be extracted by a crew from the St. Paul Fire Department, Linders said.

Police later arrested a 30-year-old woman living nearby on suspicion of criminal vehicular operation. The woman admitted she had been drinking and was treated at a hospital for a broken ankle, Linders said. She was released from jail Wednesday and hasn’t been charged.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing, Linders said.

A relative of Bouwens said Wednesday that the family has declined to speak with the media, but someone updating her GoFundMe page thanked well-wishers for their support.

“Together you guys have donated nearly $27,000 in just over 24 hours!!! You have us all choked up in tears — thank you so much!” a post read.

Bouwens, who is married with two daughters, is being treated at Regions Hospital.

To learn more about the fund for Bouwens and her family visit: http://www.gofundme.com/p33jfk


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