Recovery continues for women run over by car

Delia Tafur, Wendy Vasquez run over by car in 2012

MIAMI - Two women continue their rehabilitation after they were run over by a car while sitting on a bus bench in Miami Gardens last year.

The crash on Oct. 23, 2012, injured Delia Tafur and her long-time friend, Wendy Vasquez, and killed an 83-year-old woman. The driver faces several charges, including vehicular homicide and driving without a valid license.

"We don't remember anything at all," said Vasquez. "Not even seeing the car coming toward us and hitting us."

The crash left Vasquez's legs disfigured and wheelchair bound. Tafur lost both her legs.

But women remain strong and spirited.

"Not angry at all," said Vasquez. "I don't even dare to question God for anything that happened because he knows why."

They spent more than three months in Jackson Memorial Hospital, and have had 23 surgeries between them. Vasquez didn't know Tafur (pictured below) had lost legs until the day before she visited her in the hospital.

"She said she prepared herself because she knew she was going to cry and I knew she did not have legs," said Vasquez. "She said that she was not her legs, she is something else. The friendship of two people is not based on if you have a leg."

Tafur's progress has wowed her orthopedic surgeon, Dr. John Bowker.

"She has a tremendous can-do attitude. Nothing has ever stopped her. She has always had a smile whenever I see her," he said.

Both women still need extensive therapy. Tafur needs prosthetics with computerized knees that can cost up to $100,000. The driver accused of hitting them didn't have a license or insurance.

If you would like to help, you can donate to:

Tafur: Wells Fargo account #101033333333333304482928
Vasquez: Chase Bank #205279550

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