07/06/13 5:00pm
07/06/2013 5:00 PM

COURTESY PHOTO | Katie Johnson was running across the street to meet her friends while away at college when she was struck by an SUV May 17.

Margo Moore will never forget the midnight phone call she received from the Monessen, Pa. sheriff’s department on May 17 and the feeling of helplessness that rushed over her.

Her daughter, Katie Johnson, had been struck by an SUV and was hospitalized with severe injuries.

“It was horrifying,” the Greenport mother said. “It was like no feeling I ever had.”

More than 400 miles away from her Greenport home, Ms. Johnson, a 20-year-old college student, was struck on a dark road while enjoying a Friday night out with friends and classmates at the Douglas Education Center.

She was running across the street to meet her friends when her shoe began to slip off and, as she bent over trying to fix it, she was hit by a Ford Explorer. The woman driving the SUV never saw Ms. Johnson, Ms. Moore said.

As a result of the accident, Ms. Johnson suffered multiple facial fractures, a fractured skull, a broken hip and pelvic injuries. Doctors say it will be at least three more months before she is strong enough to learn how to walk again.

Ms. Moore and husband, Garrett, stayed by their daughter’s side at a Pennsylvania hospital for two months during the first steps of her recovery.  Two weeks ago she was transported back the East End to receive further inpatient treatment at Westhampton Care Center.

“She is happy to be back on Long Island,” Ms. Moore said. “It’s been hard, but Katie is very resilient.”

Ms. Johnson has undergone extensive reconstructive surgery on her face and will endure months of rehabilitation, her mother said.

The Moore family is now trying to raise money to help with mounting medical bills and to retrofit their Fifth Street home to accommodate Ms. Johnson after she is released from the treatment center.

“We need a ramp, to widen doors, a new bathroom,” Ms. Moore said. “We have no idea how much it will cost.”

Rallying to support her daughter’s recovery are Ms. Moore’s friends and co-workers at Greenport IGA, where Ms. Johnson worked for two years while attending Greenport High School.

The supermarket has set up collection jars and other community members have held bake sales to assist the family.

Ms. Moore said the accident hasn’t stopped her daughter from looking forward to the future, adding that Ms. Johnson can’t wait to get back to school, where she’s enrolled in a special effects make-up program.

“She’s very talented,” Ms. Moore said. “We are so proud of her.”

The community is holding a spaghetti dinner fundraiser for Ms. Johnson on July 12 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Agnes Parish Hall in Greenport. Tickets are on sale at Greenport IGA for $15.

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07/24/12 2:00pm
07/24/2012 2:00 PM

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON FILE PHOTO | Tonight’s roundtable discussion on banning plastic bags in Greenport Village is set for 5 p.m. tonight at the Little Red Schoolhouse.

Greenport Village officials will hold a roundtable discussion tonight to gather feedback on banning plastic bags at local stores.

The village code committee began preliminary discussions in December to determine the feasibility of restricting single-use plastic bags given out by retailers. The move aims to decrease litter and help improve the environment.

East Hampton and Southampton villages already outlaw plastic bags, but a move to ban them townwide in Southampton failed last year in a party-line vote.

Earlier this month, Southold Town officials announced they are also looking into the feasibility of legislation banning plastic bags.

During the village code committee meeting June 13, Mayor David Nyce said he believed partnering with the town is the best way to approach drafting the proposed law.

The village has invited the Southold Town Board, North Fork Audubon, The Nature Conservancy and Group for the East End to the meeting. Mayor David Nyce said Greenport’s largest retailer, the IGA supermarket, which has another location in Southold, has also been invited.

In addition to a plastic bag ban, the mayor said other options, such as the use of biodegradable, corn-based dissolvable single-use bags, will also be discussed.

Tonight’s meeting is set for 5 p.m. in the Little Red Schoolhouse on Front Street.

Pick up Thursday’s paper and check suffolktimes.com again later this week to read about the meeting.

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