School officials have created the Williams Family Fund to pay for the medical expenses of science teacher Debra Williams, who is recovering from a car accident in December.
She was in critical condition, but she is now out of her coma. She is in the rehab wing of the John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, said Terry Koehne, spokesman for the San Ramon Valley Unified School District.
"She continues to improve on a daily basis," said Charlotte Wood Middle School Principal Sandy Budde. "She is breathing on her own. She is talking."
"Everyday is a little bit better," she said. "It's going to be a long road to recovery with physical therapy."
"She is not yet eating on her own," she added.
A funeral service was held for her daughter Danielle Williams last Friday, Jan. 5, at the Scottish Rite Temple in Oakland. Budde said the fund will pay for Danielle's funeral and burial.
"It's a very fitting tribute to a most wonderful lady," she said.
Early in December, Debra Williams was driving her 2006 Ford Explorer in Yolo Countywith her daughter and her 17-year-old friend Allison Hom from San Ramon Valley High School . She went off the road and hit an embankment, causing a crash and fatal injuries to Danielle.
Hom suffered serious back injuries.
They were taken to the UC Davis Medical Center by helicopter. Debra Williams suffered multiple facial injuries and trauma. Hom had three broken vertebrae and underwent back surgery to repair the damage. School officials said Wednesday that her progress is good.
Now, Debra Williams' peers at Charlotte Wood believe she will persevere.
"Everyone's prayers have paid off," said Budde. "We are confident and hopeful."
To send money to the Williams Family Fund, make checks payable to: "Charger Fund, Williams" and send them to Charlotte Wood Middle School on 600 El Capitan Drive, Danville 94526.