Hogan Son's Injured Friend Shows Slight Improvement
12/19/2007 AT 10:20 AM EST
Graziano, 22, is now semiconscious and has opened his eyes, his mother Debra tells Tampa Bay's 10 News. He still cannot breathe without a machine and has not spoken since the accident.
He also leaned away from his mother when she tried to touch his face recently, she said.
Graziano had just returned from Iraq when he was injured. He was a passenger in Nick Bollea's car when it careened off the road and struck a tree in Clearwater, Fla.
Citing court documents, the St. Petersburg Times reported in October that the most Graziano could hope for was to open and shut his eyes periodically.
Bollea, 17, faces criminal charges including reckless driving in the case.