Miss San Diego's Outstanding Teen 2013 Taylor Cunningham suffered major injuries in a traffic accident involving a suspected drunk driver, the national pageant organization announced on March 20.
Cunningham suffered a "broken jaw, pelvis and wrists," according to Miss America's Outstanding Teen website. "Taylor remains unconscious but the swelling in her brain is going down. She is progressing and has received positive reports."
The accident reportedly took place on March 18.
The vehicle in which Cunningham was riding was struck head-on by a wrong-way driver on state Route 52, according to ABC 10 News. Both vehicles were believed to be traveling at 65-75 miles per hour.
An early report by Fox 5 San Diego described Cunningham as “fighting for her life.”
It described her as being in a coma and reportedly "responded to pin pricks on her fingers, but not her feet."
"We've just been sitting with her, playing her her favorite music, talking to her," a friend told San Diego 6 News. "Asking her to wiggle her hands if she can hear us, and she responds very well. She's not opening her eyes yet, but we're hopeful about that."
Cunningham was scheduled to compete for Miss California’s Outstanding Teen this June in Fresno.
The winner of the state competition will represent California at the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen pageant in Orlando, Fla.
The teen pageant is the younger-sister competition in the Miss America Organization, and is for girls ages 13-17 years.