Hundreds of friends, family, neighbors and people who have never even met Harrison Lucas attended a twilight prayer vigil for the teenager July 24 at Seton Parish Church in Pickerington.

Hundreds of friends, family, neighbors and people who have never even met Harrison Lucas attended a twilight prayer vigil for the teenager July 24 at Seton Parish Church in Pickerington.

Lucas, 14, was critically injured June 29 when he was hit by an SUV while trying to cross state Route 256.

He remains at Nationwide Children's Hospital, where he is recovering from broken bones and a head injury so severe it required a portion of his skull to be removed to allow for brain swelling. The morning before the prayer vigil, Lucas underwent surgery to replace the missing portion of his skull.

Lucas was in a coma and on a ventilator for several weeks. He remains unable to speak, although in an online journal, www.caringbridge.com, Lucas' mother, Colleen Staats, has written that he has been able to communicate. She recently wrote that the family is researching options for long-term rehabilitation for her son.

-- Miriam Segaloff