Texas College Graduate ‘Breathing on Her Own’ in ICU 2 Months After Hit-and-Run That Killed Friend

Camryn Herriage has been showing "positive signs" of progress, according to her relative

<p>Camryn Herriage/Instagram</p> Camryn Herriage

Camryn Herriage/Instagram

Camryn Herriage

Two months after a hit-and-run crash killed her friend and left her on an ICU ventilator, Camryn Herriage is now breathing on her own, according to her relative.

On Sunday, April 7, Tim Herriage shared an update on the 23-year-old's progress in a post on Facebook.

“Great news – Camryn has been breathing on her own for over 24 hours!” the post began. “A speech therapist will visit soon to assess her ability to use voice control. This step could potentially lead to her trying to speak, and if successful, they might plug the tracheostomy.”

Tim added, “Additionally, there’s a hopeful outlook for Camryn to transition into a regular room within the next week or so. All of these developments are positive signs of Camryn's progress. Thank you for your continued support as we embrace this good news.”

Camryn, a recent college graduate from Dallas, has been in the ICU since Feb. 11 following a crash that killed her former Texas Tech roommate Sara House. Four other people were injured, according to police.

Police arrested Carmen Guerrero in connection with the crash. According to jail records previously reviewed by PEOPLE, Guerrero, 27, faces a total of 12 charges, including one count of manslaughter and one for collision involving death.

Guerrero was taken into custody on Feb 22.

Last month, Camryn’s sister Casie Campanello told local media outlet Fox News 4 that the “careless act” had “put us in a situation that changed all of our lives.”

<p>Camryn Herriage/Instagram</p> Camryn Herriage

Camryn Herriage/Instagram

Camryn Herriage

"We are very helpless and just stay strong for her, but it’s very difficult to see,” Campanello said at the time, adding that “when she came out of her first surgery, the surgeon told us he told us he never saw anyone make it to the hospital with her injury, so she has a purpose."

Campanello also told the outlet that she hadn’t left her sister’s side since the accident.

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According to the Fox News 4, Dallas police say that Guerrero crashed her Ford pickup truck into the back of the vehicle with Herriage, House, and their four friends inside. Guerrero then immediately fled the scene of the crash, the outlet reported.

The outlet also reported that, according to an arrest warrant affidavit, witnesses at the scene alleged Guerrero got out of the driver’s side of the pickup truck “wearing a small black dress and white clubbing shoes” and ran away. “The woman also appeared to be extremely intoxicated,” the arrest warrant affidavit said, per Fox News 4.

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