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Friends raise funds for victim in Wausau hit-and-run crash

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WAUSAU — Friends of a woman struck last week by an alleged hit-and-run driver are now raising funds to help aid in her recovery.

Police say Molly Viehweg, 22, of Wausau, was struck by a passing vehicle at about 12:30 p.m. July 19 on First Avenue and Knox Street on Wausau’s west side. Viehweg was out for a jog when she was struck remained in critical condition Wednesday, nearly a week later.

Police say Viehweg suffered life-threatening injuries and underwent brain surgery shortly after the crash. The alleged driver, 27-year-old Josie Romero, fled the scene but was arrested a day later in Antigo. Romero is being held in the Marathon County Jail on a $150,000 cash bond.

Wausau Pilot and Review initially did not disclose the name of the victim after family members asked for privacy.

Friends launched a GoFundMe page to help Viehweg cope with mounting medical costs for her care.

“All funds received will be used to alleviate the financial strain brought on by Molly’s treatment,” the page reads. “Any donation, big or small, is deeply and sincerely appreciated. If you are unable to donate, we ask that you please pray for her recovery and share the link to this cause.”

Donate by clicking here.

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