CEDAR GROVE, NJ - A local group of good Samaritans from the Cedar Grove UNICO have launched a fundraising campaign to assist the family of Anna Semioli who was injured by a hit and run driver on Oct. 9, 2015.
Semioli, a 22-year-old student at Montclair State University, was struck by a hit-and-run driver on Route 46 near the Valley Road exit in Clifton and left on the side of the road. Although not known how long she had been there, when she was found, Semioli was rushed to the hospital, where she remained in a coma.
After some time at St. Joseph's Hospital and having underwent several procedures, Semioli was moved to Kessler Care Center, her current location.
As a result, the Cedar Grove UNICO is running a raffle to help the family offset any extraordinary medical costs.
Richard Orsini works with Semioli's dad Tony, who is a local contractor, and wanted to use his influence to help in some way. When he heard about the shocking news of the accident, he reached out to his local UNICO chapter in Cedar Grove to assist the family in offsetting any medical costs.
UNICO decided to run a 50/50 raffle and only 300 tickets are being sold, Orsini explained. Tickets are being sold for $100 each and the raffle will be drawn on April 28 at the UNICO Executive Board meeting.
TAP into Montclair caught up with Orsini who said, "UNICO will not benefit from this at all. Everything will go to the family and the winner." He stated that many people have responded looking for additional ways to assist the family. He added, "The demand has been overwhelming. I feel good because people want to help."
As Orsini explained the reasoning behind wanting to help, he fought back his emotion. He expressed that they decided to raise funds to offset costs for treatment and equipment that will not be covered by the insurance company.
About a week after the accident, a North Arlington man was arrested as a suspect in the case.
Semioli was supposed to graduate from Montclair State University in December, Orsini added. "This is heartbreaking," he concluded.
For more information on how to get tickets or help, email Orsini at firstname.lastname@example.org.