EXCLUSIVE: Injured Pedestrian in Coma, Brother Says

The oldest brother of Mariam Hedayati talks about his sister's horrific accident and extensive injuries.

Mariam Hedayati is the youngest of seven siblings and, until last week, was studying for medical examinations to become a doctor. However, since Oct. 1, she has been in a medically induced coma, after a car struck her in the crosswalk at Moulton Parkway and Aliso Niguel roads. 

Police say a Honda Civic driven by a 45-year-old man hit her shortly before 3 p.m. He was released pending an investigation, according to Jim Amormino, Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesperson. 

As for the Hedayati family, their world has been turned upside down.

“She has been in the hospital since the accident happened,” said Mohammad, who resides in Irvine and is a contractor. “She has had at least one surgery every day. She lost her leg below the knee, has broken fingers, ribs, bones and hips, and is being kept in a coma because doctors say she will be in a lot of pain if she wakes up.” 

Mohammad said he was not contacted by authorities until the next morning about his sister's accident.

“I have visited her every day since,” he said. “It is terrible what has happened to her. The doctors do not know if she will make it. They had to cut a hole in her throat to put in a tube … Her leg is destroyed; it was torn up behind the knee and they were not able to save the leg that was retrieved at the scene.”

He said she had been studying for months to take her medical exams after dreaming of becoming a doctor for years.

“She wants to go into internal medicine,” he said. “She went to medical school in Mexico and has always wanted to help people.”

Mariam is single and lives in Laguna Niguel in a condo with their mother near the crash site. She has lived in the United States sine she was 12, Mohammad said.

She was simply out for a walk, he said, something she enjoys doing daily for some fresh air and to break from studying.

“We are all praying for her,” he said. “We are devastated ... and we want answers."

He said no fund has been established for his sister to date, but he is thankful and grateful to all those who were on hand to help her. 

Greg M. October 10, 2012 at 06:45 PM
I live in the condo development adjacent to this intersection and heard the sirens after the accident. I went to see if there was anything I could do to assist and was grateful to see there were quite a few citizens that had already jumped into action. As is typical of this type of tragedy where things happen in a split second, I heard first hand of the conflicting details reported by the on scene witnesses. It's not prudent to jump to conclusions of fault but remain hopeful the authorites get to the bottom of this and action is taken once fault has been determined. Regardless of the outcome of this incident, speed enforcement is greatly needed in this area. I understand government funding is stretched and there are "higher" priorities, but incidents like this will continue to happen along Moulton Parkway unless and until some regular speed enforcement is put into place. I, like everyone else impacted by this tragedy, will look forward to updates with regard to the outcome of the authorities' investigation as well as to the condition of Mariam. Our prayers go out to her and her family first and foremost.
Debbie L. Sklar October 10, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Leonard: As always, you are well versed thanks for this information.
Debbie L. Sklar October 10, 2012 at 07:48 PM
@Greg: There are a number of bad streets here in LN like any community,and something should be done as many readers and citizens have commented.
Ashley K. October 10, 2012 at 11:30 PM
I have continued to search online for her condition. I was only a driver in Moulton that day, and though I was frustrated at the detours and traffic, it wasn't until I'd realized what had happened that I took a huge step back and felt the traffic hold up was absolutely no comparison to what anyone in this situation was going through. There were two policemen walking a man over to the scene when I just broke down into tears. I didn't know if she was alive or not, but I am SO thankful to all of the citizens who had stopped to help. You all are such blessings. I continue to pray for her healing.
Debbie L. Sklar October 10, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Ashley: Glad you were able to find the update here, her brother has given insight into his sister as well as an update.


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