Friends rally for woman abandoned after motorcycle crash

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Jessica Anderson
PUYALLUP, Wash. - There are a lot of Saturday car washes for a lot of good causes. But one held this Saturday in Puyallup is personal. It's for Jessica Anderson.

Friends rallied today for the young woman who police say was left behind after a motorcycle crash about three weeks ago in Tacoma.

Jessica Anderson spent more than two weeks in a coma after the crash - and still has a long, costly recovery ahead.

Kay Vick stopped by the car wash on Saturday to make a donation.

"It's very important to support Jessica - make sure she gets well, back on her feet," Vick says.

Police say 22-year-old Jessica Anderson was riding on a motorcycle driven by a friend when it crashed in Tacoma in the early morning hours of July 27. Jessica was critically hurt in the crash, but investigators say the friend got back on the bike and rode away, leaving her behind.

"For somebody to physically walk away - drive away in this case - and leave another human being there. ... I struggle with that," says Dale Anderson, Jessica's father.

He says his daughter just came out of a coma four days ago.

"There's a lot of broken things, so there is a lot of discomfort for her. But she's moving forward each day - we're seeing wonderful strides," says Dale Anderson.

And her friends are helping by washing cars to raise money for her therapy.

"Should have never happened to her," says Pat Roberts, a friend of Jessica's. "Out of anybody ... a smart, wonderful, fantastic girl. Should never have happened to her."

Another friend, Jennifer Bankston, says, "That someone that she knew could actually do that. Someone that she trusts could just leave her there. But thankfully he's been arrested and is being charged and is getting what he has coming to he for what he did to her."

Jessica's father says it's still to early to know if she will have any permanent injuries from the crash.

Thanks in part to a huge social media campaign, Saturday's car wash was a huge success.

"Within the first half hour we got $200," says another friend, Christine Markum. "People were here even before we got here."

Even people who never met Jessica rolled up.

Anthony Salvatore was one of them. "I'm from Puyallup. Figured it's a good thing to do," he says.

"It gives me faith I guess in the grand picture. It gives me faith in us as humans," says Jessica's father.