A year later, hit-and-run victim defying expectations

A year later, hit-and-run victim defying expectations »Play Video
Trevon Crease-Holden
SEATTLE -- It's been a year since a hit-and-run driver nearly killed a Seattle teenager, and the boy's mom says her son has defied doctors' grim predictions that he might never wake from his coma.

Trevon Crease-Holden has made great progress since his life was nearly taken from him. He's off oxygen, moving his limbs and communicating.

Crease-Holden speaks few words since a hit-and-run driver left him for dead on a road in Rainier valley one year ago, but it's enough to keep his family's hopes alive.

"It's like mentally he's himself, his body's just playing catchup right now," said his mother, Quianna Holden.

Quianna still wonders who could have done this to her 16-year-old son. Crease-Holden was forced to miss his entire freshman year of high school and now eats through a tube.

"It's been a year, it's been a year," Quianna said. "They have no clue what it's been like for me or my family."

Despite his devastating injuries, Quianna said she's confident her son will walk again.

"He's beat all odds already," she said. "He wasn't even supposed to come out of that coma."

The Seattle police detective who had been handling the case recently retired, but police officials say they've assigned a new new officer to the case.

Police have no suspects in the case, but Crease-Holden has said the person who hit him was a woman who was alone.

The teenager is still haunted by the crime, but both he and his mother have forgiven the driver.

"I do think about it in the back of my head, when I'm changing him or refilling his feeds. I'm doing all of this with him right now -- where is this person, are they living their normal life?" Quianna said.

The family says an apology or admission from the driver would help them move forward.

"They can run, they can hide from the human eye, but the almighty eye they can't hide from," Quianna said.

Quianna said despite her son's traumatic brain injury, he can still read and do math and plans to attend high school as a tenth grader in the fall.