Public responds to plight of woman critically injured in Milford
MILFORD >> Dozens of people from across the region have raised thousands of dollars for a well-liked restaurant server who was critically hurt in a hit-and-run crash.
Amanda Keane, 34, was at Yale-New Haven Hospital, days after she was hit by a car in Milford. Keane had just finished a shift at The Bridge House restaurant, 49 Bridgeport Ave., and was getting into her vehicle when she was hit.
Keane was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries and in a medically induced coma amid concerns about fluid around her brain.
As the medical bills mount, Keane’s friends have set up a GoFundMe page to support her. They say she is someone who always brightens the lives of those around her.
“A lot of people come in just to see her,” said Frank Basile, owner/operator of The Bridge House. “It’s evident that people really appreciate and love and care about her.”
Basile said Keane always has something funny or entertaining to share with diners and her laughter can often be heard echoing through the restaurant.
Keane is one of The Bridge House’s longest-tenured workers and is part of a close-knit group of employees at the casual pub in the Devon section.
Basile said she was a major source of support when he and his partner took over the restaurant about three months ago. Keane had several suggestions for ways to make the restaurant better, and those insights paid off.
“She really embraced the fact that we were listening and took a lot of her advice,” he said in an interview at the restaurant. “We’ve seen a lot of success in the restaurant since then.”
The GoFundMe page for Keane has a $100,000 goal and within days had already raised more than $8,800 from 132 donors. Basile said it raised $1,000 in its first half-hour online.
“The response to it was immediate,” he said. “Having this GoFundMe page, it’s a matter of a couple of clicks and they can help out a little bit.”
Basile also said the restaurant is looking into holding an event to raise money for Keane.
Basile said the driver who hit Keane should step forward and take responsibility for the legal and financial consequences of the accident. The driver made a mistake, he said, but shouldn’t have left her lying in the road, seriously hurt.
“If the driver never shows his face, she’s going to be in a financial kind of bind,” Basile said. “I don’t know how anybody could let that sit on their chest.”
Police are asking for the public’s help as they continue to investigate the accident, which happened at about 10:45 p.m. Sunday.
Investigators say Keane was getting into her vehicle near Woodland Avenue, about 400 feet from The Bridge House. She was hit by a dark-colored sedan that kept going east on Bridgeport Avenue, according to a witness.
Police have said the car’s passenger-side mirror is damaged, as are its right front head light, bumper and the right side of its front fender.
Police spokesman Pfc. Michael DeVito has said that police weren’t any closer to finding out who was driving the car.
“All leads have led to dead ends,” he said.
Anyone with information about what happened is asked to call the Police Department’s Traffic Division at 203-878-5244 and to reference case 4833-16.