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UNION TOWNSHIP, Ohio (Angenette Levy) -- Three months ago Haylie Schott's life was forever changed in a matter of seconds.

Schott was driving home from the mall on Sept. 25, when she stopped at the intersection of Old S.R. 74 and Schoolhouse Rd. Her car was hit from behind by a repeat drunk driver, according to court records. The accident left the then 21-year-old paralyzed.

"It's turned our family upside down. It's been like a nightmare that won't go away," said Tim Schott, Haylie's father.

Haylie has been recovering at Health South Rehabilitation Hospital. Craig Matthew Bush is in the Clermont County Jail facing numerous charges including vehicular assault, driving while under the influence, and aggravated vehicular assault for the crash. Court records in Clermont County show Bush has been convicted of DUI three times in the past. Bush did not have insurance. Tim Schott has taken family medical leave since the crash and hasn't left Haylie's side.

"She's a fighter, I'll tell you. I never realized how tough she really was," Tim said.

Haylie may eventually regain the use of her hands and arms. She spends three hours a day in physical therapy. That will change when she goes home on Friday. Tim said it will be a challenge when Haylie comes home. She is using a wheelchair and the family's house is a quad level.

"I'm the sole caregiver right now. Her mom has MS and she's pretty much in a wheelchair herself," Tim said.

If there's anything good that has come out of the crash it's that the Schott's have found out how much people care about them. Longtime family friend Will Slucher helped the Schott's with their mortgage payment this month.

"I can tell it's taken a lot of toll on the Schott family. A whole lot," Slucher said.

Haylie's room at the hospital is decorated in purple for Christmas - it's her favorite color. She hopes to go to the benefit on Saturday.

"We're going to get through this. By the grace of God we're going to get through this," Tim said.

The benefit will be held Saturday, December 27 at the Holiday Inn Eastgate from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door and can be purchased at Main St. Salon in Batavia for $30.00. Donations may be made at any Fifth Third Bank for Haylie Schott.

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