CLARKE COUNTY, Ga. -- It was a story last winter that touched hearts across Metro Atlanta. Emily Bowman, a Kennesaw State student in Athens for a friend's birthday, was hit by a car and suffered severe brain damage.
Monday, in Clarke County Court, marked the first time Bowman and her family sat in the same room with the young man accused of hitting her and running.
Last winter, police say Bowman was struck by a red Mazda. The driver, 22-year-old William Wilson Heaton, allegedly fled the scene. Police found open bottles of alcoholic drinks in his truck.
Sixteen months later, came the first hearing. Bowman and her parents sat in the front row, Heaton several feet away.
Bowman has made great strides since surviving a three-week coma. But her recovery has been slow, and her parents say, on this day, Heaton didn't look at them.