Placer grad struck by car recovering from six-hour surgery

Reward fund account set up at Auburn bank
By: Jenifer Gee Journal News Editor
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A Placer High grad struck by a hit-and-run driver survived a six-hour spinal surgery. Now her family is waiting to see how 22-year-old Amanda Barnes will recover after her spine was realigned Tuesday at Highland General Hospital in Oakland. Locally, Mayor Dr. Bill Kirby has set up the Amanda Barnes Reward Fund at Community 1st Bank in Auburn. Kirby said he worked with the family to establish the account at which people can contribute toward a $5,000 reward fund established for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the driver who hit Barnes in the early morning hours of July 12 in Emeryville. Barnes was legally within a cross walk on the 3600 block of Adeline Street in Emeryville at about 2:20 a.m. when she was reportedly hit by a dark-colored SUV driving at about 30 to 40 mph, according to Officer Brian Head with the Emeryville Police Department. The driver did not stop and almost broadsided another vehicle two blocks down, Head said. There were witnesses to the incident, but limited description of the driver and vehicle have so far been released, Head said. Wednesday afternoon Amanda’s father Keith Barnes and her sister Michele Barnes said Amanda is conscious but in pain. “She couldn’t actually sit up in bed (before the surgery). They had to keep her flat,” Keith Barnes said. “At least she can sit up in bed but she’s in a lot of pain from the surgery still and everything from the accident.” Michele Barnes said the family is optimistic that Amanda will not need another surgery for at least a few months. “(The doctors) were so surprised it went so good,” Michele Barnes said. “They said she’s super, super strong.” Amanda and Michele Barnes as well as their sisters Danielle Barnes and Christina Elkins, all graduated from Placer High School. Christina currently lives in Colfax with her husband, Steve Elkins and their two children. The sisters’ mother, Debbie Ward, currently lives in Auburn and their father, Keith Barnes, is a Citrus Heights resident. Both Keith and Michele Barnes said the family, including Amanda, is overwhelmed and grateful for the community’s support. “We just really want to thank everyone in Auburn for all of their support,” Michele Barnes said. “We were completely blown away by how much support we got. It’s incredible how everyone pulled together. We greatly, greatly appreciate it.” The Amanda Barnes Reward Fund account number is 0315001884. Reach Jenifer Gee at