Rubens making improvements without insurance

Deborah Rubens' attorney Rick Detwiler says she has a brain injury, a broken collarbone and a broken pelvis.

The woman injured in a wreck involving Columbia's Mayor-Elect Steve Benjamin remains in the hospital but is making small improvements according to her lawyer.

"She has actually nodded, acknowledging the people in the room," says Rubens' attorney Rick Detwiler, "she has also opened her eyes a little more regularly, which is good."

Deborah Rubens' attorney Rick Detwiler says she has a brain injury, a broken collarbone and a broken pelvis. The family is encouraged by the improvements, but they won't know about her ability to walk for several months.

Rubens has been in a coma since her Toyota Tercel collided with Steve Benjamin's Mercedes SUV around 6 a.m. last Wednesday. She was on her way to work at the Clarion Hotel near the corner of Pickens and Gervais where the wreck occurred. Benjamin had won the run-off election hours earlier to become Columbia's first black mayor. He was on his way to media interviews and wasn't hurt in the wreck.

Detwiler says Rubens has no health insurance to cover the hefty hospital bills.

Deborah Thomas, who has never met Rubens, is working to set up a trust fund to help with the recovery.

"I have gotten to know her through the media," said Thomas.

She hopes to have it open Friday morning.

"Incase she gets better, you know she needs to go back home and all of that needs to be there," said Thomas.

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Columbia police continue their investigation. They haven't released any reports, transcripts or audios of 911 calls.

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(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)

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