CREATED Aug. 10, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The eighth victim of the church group struck by a hit-and-run driver is still struggling to survive at University Medical Center.
Family says he's trying to recover from brain surgery he underwent after the crash. The seven other victims, including a pregnant woman, have been released from area hospitals.
A friend of the victim who's still at UMC says he's a father of four. The friend tells Action News he spent the night at UMC with the family. "I held his hand as I prayed with him and he would slowly squeeze my hand," says Tom Clark.
According to police, a reckless driver crashed a car into a group of church members late Thursday night.
It happened near Losee Road and Lake Mead Boulevard.
Police said 18-year-old Nyakueth D. Tear of Utah was the driver of the vehicle.
Surveillance footage shows Nyakueth plowing her vehicle into the group.
"She had so regard for nobody's life. She just stayed a minute and took off," said Eugene Adams who works across the street from the scene.
The footage shows Nyakueth getting out of her vehicle after the incident for about two minutes, then gets back into her car and takes off.
She then crashed her car down the road and tried to flee on foot. She was taken into custody by police a short time later.
Nyakueth faces numerous charges including possible DUI.
A account has been established at Wells Fargo to help the family of the father who's still at UMC.
It's called the "Iglesia De Cristo Hit and Run Accident" account. The number is 2714787757.