The 36-year-old woman who hit by a white Ute on Sunday, June 21 in Taupo is recovering from her serious injuries in Waikato Hospital, a family member posted on Gofundme Page.
The victim of hit and run identified as Supriya Tikaram suffered multiple injuries from the hit-and-run on Richmond Avenue in Taupo and was flown to Waikato Hospital in critical condition.
The 36-year-old has suffered a serious facial injury.
A Gofundme Page was set up by the friend of the victim last month, the proceeds of which will be given to the victim towards her bills and medical expenses.
The Gofundme page on Tuesday updated that Supriya is awake from an induced coma and has been moved from the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) to High Dependency Unit.
"Thank you again to everyone who has helped us in some way; we are so overjoyed to share that Supriya is awake! She has been moved from the Intensive Care Unit to the High Dependency Unit, which is an excellent step in the right direction," Supriya's mother Aruna posted on the page.
The page has already collected over $11,500 in the last ten days and has received messages of support, prayers and recovery in hundreds.
"We are overwhelmed with the amount of love and support we have received during the past week. Thank you to each and every person who has sent well wishes, prayers and donations in support of Supriya's recovery.
"Supriya has a very long road of recovery, ahead so she will remain in the hospital for a while," Ms Aruna updated on the page.
Police are still on the hunt for the driver of the White Ute that hit Supriya last month.
"As a result of this incident, she [Supriya Tikaram] has suffered serious injuries that will require a lengthy period of treatment and rehabilitation. She is receiving support from family and friends," police media updated in its press release.
Police has asked residents of the adjoining areas in Taupo to come forward with any information they may have and CCTV footages that may help capture the driver.
"Police investigation has identified a white ute as the vehicle that struck the pedestrian. This ute is described as being a double cab or king cab with rear doors and would have damage on its front.
"Though the driver chose not to stop and assist the person they hit, it is not too late for this person to come forward and demonstrate some genuine concern and responsibility in this situation.
"Ultimately the driver will be responsible to their own family, our community and the victim over their decision to come forward or not," Taupo CIB, Detective Sergeant Andy Livingstone said.
"I would also appeal to those who know where this vehicle is now and the identity of the driver to come forward to Police with this information- call Taupo Police on 07 378 6060 and information can also be provided anonymously by calling CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111," police appealed.
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