Suspected driver in New Year’s crash free on bond while victim clings to life

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jessica Grant's loved ones say she's clinging to life.

Jessica Grant

Jessica Grant

Grant, 25, remains in serious condition at Truman Medical Center, having been seriously injured in a New Year's Day accident on Independence Avenue at Elmwood Street. Bob Stacey, a spokesman appointed by Grant's family, says Grant suffered serious damage to her brain stem in that car crash.

"Over the last week or so, (doctors) have been trying to get her to regain consciousness," Stacy said. "They got a little movement and reaction out of her. They're concerned this may be as good as she's going to get."

Previous booking photo of Jestin Waterhouse provided to FOX 4.

Previous booking photo of Jestin Waterhouse provided to FOX 4 by Jackson County.

Documents from the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office show Grant had been a passenger in a car driven by Jestin Waterhouse, 35, when it crashed on New Year's Day. Police reports confirm what surveillance video from the scene shows, as the car whirled out of control, crashing through a stop sign and utility pole, before ramming into a dentist's office.

Grant had to be extracted from the car by EMS workers. Prosecutors say Waterhouse left the scene of that accident, while medical workers cared for Grant. Waterhouse surrendered himself to Kansas City police on Monday, and was immediately released after posting bond. Police had been searching for him since the day of the accident.

Stacy, who owns a Cass County-based construction company, says he's known Grant, a mother of two children, since she was 10 years old. He told FOX 4 News Grant's family is holding out hope that she can still make a complete recovery from her injuries.

"There's a lot of loving support," Stacy said on Tuesday. "There's a lot of us out here pulling for them."

"At this point, there is a lot of sorrow. On the other side of the coin, there's a lot of anger because no one wants anything like this to happen."

Stacy says Grant and Waterhouse met on an online dating website. He says they'd only been out on two dates when the accident happen. He says Grant had just completed nursing school, and was beginning a new career.

"Our best hope for Jessica is that she'll recover," Stacy said. "She has two small children --a 2-year old and a 5-year old."

"Our hope is to bring her back so she can just be mom, and raise her children."

Jessica Grant's loved ones have set up this Go Fund Me account to assist with her mounting medical bills.

The Grant Family will also be the beneficiary of an account at the Community Bank of Pleasant Hill:

Make checks payable to: Jan Blackburn

Address it to:

Community Bank of Pleasant Hill

P.O. Box 30

Pleasant Hill, MO 64080

-- Checks should include the name Jessica Grant in the memo space --