Southern State Parkway Crash Victim Fighting for Her Life

Family of Taquanna Richardson trying to raise funds to defray medical costs after serious car accident in Wantagh has left her in coma.

A 22-year old woman into a tree on the Southern State Parkway in Wantagh last month is still fighting for her life and an effort is underway to help pay for increased medical bills she is incurring.

Taquanna Richardson of Jamaica, Queens was in route to her job at Cablevision in Bethpage on July 24 when while driving on the eastbound Southern State Parkway around exit 28 (Wantagh Avenue), she lost control of her vehicle and plowed into a tree sideways. Richardson was transported to Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow with what police described as "life-threatening" injuries.

Richardson’s father, Sydney Hart, said his daughter remains in a coma but is breathing on her own. He is hopeful that she will soon be able to open her eyes.

Hart said Richard’s serious car accident has caused massive medical bills that are exceeding what her insurance will cover. He has launched a fundraising effort in hopes of raising enough money to pay some of her medical expenses that her insurance is unable to cover. 


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Donations for Richardson can be mailed to Jocella Haughton, P.O. Box 210741, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11221. A medical rust cost has also been set up for her at Chase Bank with account number 2902107970 and routing number 021000021. Hart said he hopes to raise at least $20,000.

Hart, who resides in Orlando, Fla. but has been on Long Island for much of the last month since his daughter’s accident, said he has been touched by the support he and his family have received since July 24. He said some of his daughter’s close friends have stayed by her bedside day and night.

“She is a great person," said Hart of his daughter. “It’s an unfortunate accident that happened but we have to come together and keep praying.”

A Dad Who Cares August 16, 2012 at 02:11 PM
sorayal johnson-temple August 17, 2012 at 01:35 AM
God please dispatch your holy Angels to comfort Taquanna in her time of mighty healing! In your son Jesus holy name...Amen...Ms. S. Johnson-Temple
Selena Hart August 17, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Taquanna's has so much stimulating love an prayers,from her family,friends and concerned strangers.Medical staff at NUMC have been amazing and attentive to my beloved niece.Her 84yr old great-grandmother has reminded all who enter Taquanna's room that she has "THE FAVOR OF GOD" Mrs. Haughtons strength and love for Taquanna and Jaden (son) is a commitment she welcomes. All the loving kindness my niece is receiving,an the mercy of GOD I'm certain will awaken her spirit.Taquanna is a "lover of life",Pumpkin,i know your honest smile is on the horizon. Mr.Coen ,I kindly thank you in advance for your compassion,concern an support to a young woman who's so deserving. And my heartfelt thanks to all at the scene of the accident. Who were concerned, called 911 and assisted to her needs on that devastating day.
Selena Hart August 17, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Let us all lift her mother (Tania) up in prayer. Asking GOD to give her strength and guidance. My niece is her only child. Tania's unconditional love and persistent quest for Taquanna's long term healthcare needs is astounding. "STAY ENCOURAGED"
Nikki Schojan August 20, 2012 at 07:11 PM
No where in this article that she was texting and driving.
DeeJorge August 21, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Hmmmm mid day lost control, not a beginner driver, so what was she really doing, talking on the phone, texing, speeding, thats what happens when you are not concentrating, now the public should help pay for medical costs, I ,aybe be abit mean but what is she hit someone else and killed them, we should still help pay?
Dellecia Fowler August 21, 2012 at 09:55 PM
WHY IS IT THAT U THINK SHE WAS ON HER PHONE.. why couldn't her car jt lose control or something went internally wring with her car. It's people like u who are a source of negative energy in life. She is a human bein that is loved and did no wrong.
Dellecia Fowler August 21, 2012 at 10:01 PM
How dare u throw rocks at a glass house, u r guilty of doing the same things u think she was doing while driven. So if the shoe was on the other foot, no one should help u or ur family. If ur loved one was in the same predicament u wld ask for the same help that her family is asking for even if ur loved one killed someone. She deserves the help!!!
Sydney Hart August 22, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Please don't follow up on negative comments. Everyone has there own opinion.
Tenisha Smith August 22, 2012 at 01:59 AM
@deejorge smh, I will pray for u because u are heartless! U need Jesus! May God bless you! Taquanna, I pray that u are ok n that u wake up soon, this article has really touched me n made me cry! I will be praying for u and I am going to donate tomorrow! Love, tenisha smith
Sydney Hart August 22, 2012 at 02:02 AM
No, we don't expect the public to pay anything. That's why its called a donation!!!! What we need is continued prayer for my daughter. She is still in a coma, but GOD IS ABLE!!!!!!!!!!
Selena Hart August 22, 2012 at 03:45 AM
Many people excuse their own faults. But judge others harshly. Some should reverse this attitude. An not assume others misfortune. And examine their own shortcomings harshly. A positive attitude may not resolve all our problems. But it will annoy enough people to make it worth it. "PERFECT PEACE"
Kisshori workman August 22, 2012 at 01:09 PM
That person has no heart don't try and discourage people from helping her, the young lady is in a coma I pray she comes out of it I have hope
Kaniece Maxwell August 22, 2012 at 06:45 PM
I have been to see her and hope to be able to find time to visit her again very soon, but my continuous prayers go out to Taquanna and her family everyday. I just learned of the fundraising efforts last week and I will be speaking with our manager at Cablevision to see what if anything we can do as her coworkers to help support Taquanna and her family. I will also be organizing a fundraising Bake Sale on my own personal time to help raise money. May God continue to bless her and her family!
Ray dinero August 27, 2012 at 05:53 AM
Love u Taquanna thanks for coming into my life! I'm praying for u every single day cuz prayer is so powerful!!
Ray Dinero August 29, 2012 at 03:22 PM
She will soon wake up, keep praying everybody n watch the power and Glory of God be seen!! Love u Taquanna, miss ur smile n how funny u are. See u soon girl.
Tamara Hawkins September 14, 2012 at 12:57 PM
My heart and prayers are with taquanna and her family. God please cover taquanna and the entire richardson family with your merciful hands. Heal her mind so that her body may follow. Give her mom the power of endurance and faith that her baby girl will come back to her. Keep her son safe and healthy until she is able to again. Give her medical staff the patience and knowledge needed to rebuild her body. Give her friends emotional power and courage to sit vigil when her family is unable to so that her spirit knows she is not alone. Father God I know that u are capable to grant exceedingly and abundantly all that we ask for. And through your grace may this young woman be handed her life back better than where she left off. In jesus name amen. Taquanna you are in the hearts and prayers of everyone here at independence residences inc. Im so sorry that I dont have the emotional courage to grant u these prayers in person. God bless u and your family
KATHY MELON October 12, 2012 at 01:44 AM
who is Jocella Haughton at P.O. Box 210741, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11221 and whose account is with Chase Bank with account number 2902107970 and routing number 02100002?.how does anyone know who is really using the money and for what???? SCAM?
MaQuana October 23, 2012 at 08:11 AM
If you have nothing nice to say don't come with your negative words no one is asking you to give anything @Kathy melon someone's life.is in the balance.and if you think that's a scam then I feel.sorry for what the lord has in store for.you taquanna is a beautiful person and regardless if u give a donation to help.her and her family or not the lord isn't asleep so the help will come regardless ill pray for you though on a lighter note I can't wait to see u again quanna you are in my prayers love as well as your family God bless & respect <3
ALLTHATIAM November 15, 2012 at 07:29 PM
genie mahoney April 07, 2013 at 03:44 PM
We are praying for you taqunna .i love u


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