Rochester, N.Y. – The woman injured in an alleged drunk driving crash 10 days ago remains in the intensive care unit at Strong Memorial Hospital.
Police say Sherry Argro, 39, was struck while getting out of her car on Thurston Avenue at 12:45 a.m. The 19th Ward mother of two works in food service at ABC Head Start and Highland Hospital. She had been celebrating her birthday with friends.
Police arrested Kashia Houston, 22. They say her blood alcohol content was .24 percent – three times the legal limit, when she hit Argro and kept going. A witness called in the license plate to 911.
What’s more, police say texting and driving played a role in the crash. In court papers, Houston allegedly told police, “I looked down at my phone because someone texted me. I looked down to reply and before I could reply, I heard a crash…I thought about stopping but I didn’t because I don’t have a license.”
Houston was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving without a license and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident.
Argro’s family does not want to talk about the details of the crash, preferring instead to focus on her recovery, which will take at least a year. She needed her diaphragm repaired and her spleen removed. She also has a broken pelvis and leg. She was on a ventilator for a week.
“She is a fighter, but it’s going to be a long, long, long journey,” said her mother, Kathy Huntley.
Argro has been heavily sedated. Her family told her a couple days ago what happened, because she didn’t remember. “It’s difficult for her because she’s a very outgoing person. To be immobile, it’s hard,' said Huntley.
The family has set up a fund to help with Argro’s medical and personal expenses. Donations to “Kathy Huntley for the benefit of Sherry Argro” can be given to any Bank of America or mailed to Darlene Cunningham, Banking Center Manager, Bank of America, 1685 Howard Rd., Rochester, N.Y. 14624. There is also a benefit on Friday at Cross Keys Tavern, 521 Thurston Rd., from 6 to 9 p.m.