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KSU student seriously injured in hit-and-run moving to Shepherd Center

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The father of a 19-year-old KSU student seriously injured in a hit-and-run in Athens three weeks ago got some good news Friday.

Emily Bowman left the hospital in Athens where the accident happened and was transported to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta.

Bowman came out of her coma Thursday, and her father said she's had her eyes open most of the day.

Meanwhile, CBS Atlanta News spoke exclusively with a man that did not want to be named, but said he shared a jail cell with the suspect in the case - William Wilson Heaton - and was blown away by what he had to say.

"Self-centered, narcissistic young man," the inmate said. "The vibe I got was that he was the victim."

According to Heaton's cell mate, he said the 22-year-old suspect claimed Emily Bowman was staggering in the road when he hit her.

That's not so, said Bowman's father.

"You know, he can think and say whatever he wants, and they can believe whatever they want to, but I find a lot of things hard to fathom and a lot of it has to do with him," Emily's father, Dale Bowman, said.

CBS Atlanta News sat down with Heaton's attorney Friday to find out what really happened.

"I don't know where the actual point of impact was. I was told by one of the experts that we hired that it was, in fact, in the road, and that doesn't mean he wasn't responsible for it or she was responsible for it. But it's certainly something we need to investigate," Heaton's attorney Tony Perrotta said.

Perrotta said Heaton has never seen himself as the victim in this case, and he offered to turn himself in just hours after the incident.

"He certainly never intended or meant for this to happen. He's sick about what happened. I just want people to know the Heatons are a very good family, and he was raised right, and it's just something that happened, and I admit to drinking and driving when I was in Athens, too.  Thank God nothing ever happened to me or somebody else," Perrotta said.

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