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Thursday, July 07, 2022

Friends, family gather to support UF student in critical condition

After hearing the news of Ashley Ann Groves' accident Monday afternoon, about 100 of her friends arrived at Shands at UF and prayed downstairs.

Since then, friends have been filing in and out of the hospital. Groves' family has stayed at her side.

Groves, a 19-year-old sophomore, was listed in critical condition Monday after her scooter struck a gray Acura TL near Southwest Second Avenue.

Gainesville Police Department Lt. Will Halvosa said the investigation is ongoing, and toxicology reports for everyone involved are pending.

No charges have been filed, but that may change depending on Groves' condition, Halvosa said.

A Shands spokeswoman said Tuesday evening Groves was still in critical condition.

Carly Sewell, a UF elementary education freshman, has been close friends with Groves since the ninth grade.

Sewell had already gone home for Thanksgiving but traveled back to Gainesville after hearing about the accident.

"You never think it's going to happen to somebody you know," Sewell said.

Groves' mother was in her room for a few minutes before her leg surgery and sang to her, Sewell said.

"She opened her eyes a little bit for her mom," she said.

Torie Fake, 22, met Groves at church in Groveland. Their parents are best friends.

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"She's like a sister to me," Fake said.

When she heard of the accident, Fake said she was in shock.

Sewell said members of the UF Fellowship of Christian Athletes formed prayer groups at the hospital yesterday and cooked Groves' parents a meal.

"We just love her, and we're ready for her to be back to normal," Sewell said. "It's going to be a long recovery."

Groves' birthday is on Saturday. She will be turning 20.

"I really honestly think she's going to come through this," Fake said. "She's a fighter. That's what all of her friends and everyone are saying."

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