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Car crash survivor named HS homecoming queen

MERRILL, Mich. (AP) - The lone survivor of a car crash last year has been named homecoming queen at Merrill High School.

Erika Taschner suffered a severe traumatic brain injury in the July 2010 accident that killed 2 of her friends, Brittnee Wendling of Saginaw County's Brant Township and Dakota Glazier of Merrill.

Taschner spends her days at school and four days a week at physical, occupational, recreational and speech therapy. Her balance and cognitive abilities have been compromised as a result of the wreck, but she's still on track to graduate in May.

Taschner tells The Saginaw News being named homecoming queen earlier this month was "a big deal."

The 17-year-old wore a purple dress with crystals and spaghetti straps when she was named queen. She chose purple in Wendling's honor.

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