By Joan Murray

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MIRAMAR (CBSMiami) — Colleagues of a mother of three who was severely injured in a hit and run accident are stepping up to help.

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The day before Mother’s Day, Michelle James’ life turned upside down. Waiting for a bus in Miramar,  police say an out of control driver plowed into James and her three and five year old children.

James was five months pregnant and doctors delivered her baby boy early.

“The nurse said her leg was shattered. The worst she had ever seen. Her pelvis was floating somewhere,” said her friend Jen Kocetkov.

Police say the accused driver Jessica Crane Was weaving in and out of traffic  before the crash and took off afterwards. Ramon Rodriguez says he followed her and blocked her in until police arrived.

Crane told investigators she didn’t hit the people, the people hit her.

Crane was arrested for leaving the scene of an accident but Miramar Police said they are awaiting toxicology tests to determine if she will face additional charges.

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Eleven days later, James remains in the hospital but she’s not alone. Her coworkers have pulled together to find ways to help this hardworking single mom who has no real home, no car and now no income.

“She took three buses to get to work…always a sunny disposition and a wonderful human being,” said Kocetkov.

“She’s a great mother. She’s always looking out for her kids. I’ve always known that about her since day one,”said her longtime friend Jelen George.

“Even when she didn’t have a lot, she would give you whatever she had if you needed it” said co-worker Bettye Pullens.

They’ve set up a GoFundMe page to help James get back on her feet.


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James’ kids are out of the hospital and staying with a relative but she and her baby have a long road ahead.