A Thousand Oaks High School staff member hurt in a crash involving a teenager over the weekend has drawn a lot of community support, with a fundraiser in her name collecting more than $30,000 by Monday.
Investigators said Lisa Solis, a 50-year-old activities assistant for the school, sustained life-threatening injuries around 8 p.m. Friday during a dispute with a 16-year-old boy who was accused of stealing.
According to a GoFundMe page set up by her sister on Saturday, the victim punctured her lungs and suffered a brain bleed and a broken jaw, ribs and collar bone after the teen ran her over with his car. Solis has been working for the School District for more than a decade, the GoFundMe page said.
"Her husband had to leave his contracted job over seas to be by his wife and daughters side," the page read. "Lisa will have a long road to recovery."
As of 1:15 p.m. Monday, it had collected $34,745 of the $25,000 goal to help with Solis' recovery.
"Why is it OK to do that?" alumnus Charles Chun asked of the allegations against the suspect.
"It’s pretty scary," said Robert Reid, another former student. "Thousand Oaks is a small town. I mean the fires, the shooting and then this incident."
An animal rescue organization brought therapy dogs to the campus on Monday.
The Ventura County Sheriff's Office said Solis had confronted the teen after he allegedly stole from a concession stand during a game. The agency said when the boy entered his vehicle, Solis stood in front of it and told him to not drive away.
That's when the 16-year-old deliberately hit the woman before fleeing the scene, Sgt. Eric Buschow said. He had four passengers in the vehicle, the officer added.
Authorities later detained the boy near his home. He was booked at the Juvenile Justice Center on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, the Sheriff's Office said.
Officials said the teenager, whose identity was not released, did not attend Thousand Oaks High School but is a student at different school in the Conejo Valley Unified School District, the Ventura County Star reported.
In a statement, the School District said staff members were "heartbroken."