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Mate Morgan Taylor, 25, was hospitalized Wednesday night after a motor scooter accident in Ft. Lauderdale.
“She is still critical with swelling to the brain,” her step-sister Jennifer Flasher said. “She opened her eyes and came out of a coma when she saw her family. And she’s off of the breathing machine.”
A police statement indicates Taylor was the only person on the scooter when she most likely lost control and crashed. She was driving north on Bayview Drive south of Oakland Park Boulevard toward her apartment. She was not wearing a helmet.
“She’s doing better and breathing on her own, but this is going to be hard for the long haul,” said friend Cassie Kornely, who noted that many in yachting know Taylor by her red hair. She has worked on M/Y Georgia, an 85-foot Ocean Alexander, since September.
Kornely said her friend is strong and expects that to help in healing. That, plus a great smile and personality.
“She is an amazing person with an open mind and open heart. I have not met a person that doesn’t like her,” Kornely said.
Many people may recognize Taylor from the beach and around town, Kornely said.
“She is always on her bike or scooter,” Kornely said. “She said she missed her scooter when she was gone for a month on a trip recently.”
“Things happen so quickly and lives can change in an instant,” she said. “But the doctors are impressed with her progress. I think this is because she is strong and from all the support she is receiving.”
Several friends have flown into Ft. Lauderdale to be with her.
“Her talking is coming out in phrases, like a few sentences at a time,” said friend Sammi Jiorle who flew in from her home in Delaware. “It really is a miracle. It’s like she is healing by the hour.”
Jiorlie and Kornely have created a Web site, Morgan Taylor’s Recovery Fund (www.gofundme.com/8vvei0), for donations to offset medical expenses.
“A lot of people really love Morgan and she will do anything for her friends,” Jiorle said. “Now she’s in need and her friends are coming and helping.”
Fort Lauderdale police are investigating the accident. Anyone with details about it or who might have witnessed the crash are encouraged to call traffic homicide investigator Cheri Creque at +1 954-828-5825.