Picking Up The Pieces

On September 20, 2017 at 9:15 pm, our lives were changed in an instant. We were rear-ended by a driver under the influence of something just West of the intersection of Platte Avenue and Chelton Road in Colorado Springs, CO. He was driving a Maserati and hit us going 120 MPH. In the blink of an eye, we became victims of vehicular assault by a man who showed callous disregard for anyone in his path. We rolled several times and it was loud, chaotic and terrifying. When we came to a stop after what seemed an eternity, as the first responders showed up, it began to dawn on me that nothing would ever be the same for us again. After being rushed to the ER, we were assessed. Our son and myself received only minor injuries, but my husband Chris, who was driving, was partially ejected and crushed. His back is broken in several places, his scapula, and he broke every one of his ribs, some in multiple places. He had to be put in a medically induced coma and intubated for his partially collapsed lungs. He will be facing a long road to recovery, including having his spine  fused. Chris suffers from Chron's disease and already has plenty of health issues, but he has always been the backbone of our family and has worked as hard for us as his health allows. He is an excellent father who will do anything for his boys. Our sons have risen to the occasion and are helping me as much as possible, using the skills their dad has taught them. However, this man destroyed our only vehicle, I am having to move in with my son and a good portion of our possessions were destroyed in the accident. This event has literally turned our lives upside down.  We are doing the best we can, but everyone needs a little help sometimes, and for us, that time is now.   
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Michelle Reed Long 
Fountain, CO
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