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Teen Recovering After Serious Collision with Fire Apparatus on Pacific Coast Highway

About one month after a serious car collision with a fire truck on Pacific Coast Highway, a teenage girl who suffered serious brain injuries was recovering after being recently released from Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

Olivia Menke, 18, was traveling on PCH in a Toyota Prius with three family members when the car collided with a Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACFD) truck June 8. The car was severely damaged and required Menke be extracted.  

“I didn’t really realize I was at the hospital. I thought I was at the beach,” Menke recalled.

Menke suffered a traumatic brain injury. Her mother, Erica Menke, said she spent about two weeks in the “critical side of ICU” while at the hospital.

Menke still has scars since the car crash and glass stuck in her arms, but said she feel “fine for the most part.”

Menke said she isn’t focused on finger pointing.

“They could blame us and we could blame them easily, but that’s not going to get us anywhere. … I don’t have any anger, I just wish I hadn’t missed graduation,” Menke said.

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