WESTFIELD, NJ – There has been an outpouring of support for a 23-year-old Westfield High School graduate who was severely injured during a hit-and-run crash in Belmar earlier this month.

Carly Friedman, who was a double varsity athlete in soccer and basketball at Westfield High School before graduating from Rutgers University in 2018, is recovering from serious injuries following the June 1 crash in Belmar, a close friend of Friedman’s said.

“She’s just a great girl,” said Kathleen Bond, who grew up with Friedman in Westfield. “She didn’t deserve this, and we’re all trying to be there for her as she adjusts to a new normal.”

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This week, Bond said Friedman is beginning her long recovery following surgery.

“She is starting her recovery right now,” Bond told TAPinto Westfield. “It’s going to be fairly long. It’s very positive. She’s not expected to have any permanent damage. The surgeries have gone really well. And over the course of the next three to six months, she’s going to be able to get back on her feet and make a full recovery.”

Bond established a GoFundMe Page for her friend, which as of Monday had raised $59,150 of the $60,000 goal.

“We are asking Carly’s friends and family for support as she gets back on her feet,” Bond said. “The funds will be used to cover any medical, lodging or extraneous expenses that may incur in her upcoming months of rehabilitation and to recuperate Carly's share in summer activities she had planned prior to the accident.”

Email Staff Writer Matt Kadosh at mkadosh@tapinto.net; Follow him on Twitter: @MattKadosh

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