Taryn Robinson was walking in Grover Beach to a friend's house to watch Chuck "Iceman" Liddell in the Ultimate Fighting Championship a few weeks ago when she was struck by the driver of a dark-colored sedan.
Robinson, 21, is now recovering in a rehabilitation center in Goleta from major head trauma, two broken legs, fractured vertebrae and many cuts and bruises suffered in the hit-and-run incident.
Meanwhile, her parents are trying to deal with the $6,000-a-week bill from the center, Solutions at Santa Barbara. Mom Mindy Robinson says the facility is helping to restore her daughter's short-term memory and to make the transition back into daily life. Taryn Robinson will likely spend four to five weeks there and then move back into her parents' Grover Beach home.
"She's a fighter," Mindy Robinson said. Her daughter's doctors said they're confident she'll walk normally again, despite the titanium rods inserted temporarily into each leg.
To help with the bills, friend Jill Jackson has organized a barbecue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday at the Mid-State Bank & Trust parking lot. Tickets are $10; other donations will be gladly accepted.
Taryn Robinson will be at the barbecue, friends said.
Liddell -- a San Luis Obispo native who captured the UFC light heavyweight championship the day Taryn Robinson was hit -- also will be there, said friend Courtney Vanderlinden. "He canceled a prior engagement to support Taryn," she said.
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