Hope Walker, the 18-year-old Nebraska woman who was injured in a Dec. 23 wreck, died Tuesday.
She was a senior at West Point-Beemer High School in West Point, Neb.
The pickup truck she was driving rolled over and she was ejected onto a gravel road in Cuming County.
She had been in a coma and underwent several surgeries to try to relieve swelling on her brain. A spokeswoman at Creighton University Medical Center said Hope was an organ donor.
Her mother, Charity Walker, could not be reached. She said last week that Hope had grown into a young woman who centered her life on God.
Hope was set to graduate in May from West Point-Beemer. She had previously attended Duchesne Academy in Omaha.
She became spiritually grounded at Duchesne, her mother said, and healed from the bullying she endured when she was younger.
Hope was the person friends would call when they needed help, and the person who would sit by people no one else wanted to sit by, Charity Walker said.
“I didn't realize how loved she was until she got hurt,” she said.
Efforts to gather donations of money, clothes and appliances for the family are still under way in West Point.
While Hope's family was in Omaha on Christmas Eve, their West Point home caught fire. Investigators said the cause was electrical; between fire and smoke damage, the house was a total loss. Hope's father, Ed Walker, also recently lost his job as a bricklayer.
At the U.S. Cellular store on West Point's North Lincoln Street, staffers have brought in a trailer to serve as a donation spot for major appliances and household items. They have already gathered a washer and dryer, stove and television for the Walkers, said Amy Schantz, who works at the store.
“They'll need all of it — anything people can donate,” she said.
Funds for the Walker family also have been set up at F&M Bank, Wells Fargo Bank and American National Bank. Grace Lutheran Church in West Point is the collection spot for clothing and toiletries.
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