Meet Austin. AJ for short. A young man who struck out on his own in Eugene to start school at LCC in the Automotive Program. AJ has worked himself through school, now nearing the end of the program. His car was stolen from his home. Then returned. Crazy, right? It was stolen again weeks later. This time it was stripped and damaged beyond repair. Every one of his tools were stolen and he had to come up with the funds to replace every one of them. Add insult to injury, he had to pay for his stolen car to be towed. But he never asked for help. Austin is determined to make his own way.
On 1/26/19 at 6:22 pm, AJ had just returned home from a road trip, visiting his family three hours away. He arrived home and began unloading his car. While standing at the trunk with the hatch open, reaching for his suitcase, he heard the screech of the tires, the sound of metal impacting mtal. So loud. Then he realized what had happened. He began to beg for his life, seeing he was totally and completely pinned together between the cars. The person responsible surely heard his screams as he exited his vehicle. To run. The coward ran by my son and into the crowd, intent on saving his own skin. No thought to the suffering he caused. A witness was able to point the coward out as he attempted to blend in with the onlookers. He was arrested. He was drunk. He has no insurance. Austin experienced pain that is impossible to describe. Both legs crushed, he has had his first surgery to alleviate the swelling. He is currently scheduled for two more. So close to graduating school and beginning his life. Really beginning. Austin would never ask for help. He's a proud and hard-working man. What you don't know is how good he is. How kind he is. How he continually gives away what little he has to those he thinks needs it more. I'm mom. I'm asking for help. We will be left alone with no financial help because the drunk driver was uninsured. He will miss school, he will be unable to work. He will spend months relying on others for everything. Both legs unusable. He will most likely experience pain for the rest of his life, his right leg requiring some reconstruction. If you know AJ, you know he's deserving of help, love and compassion. If you don't know him, message me. I would be honored to tell you anything you want to know about my son. Side note...Lucy, AJ's faithful Australian Shepherd witnessed the scene. Heard his screams. She was locked in the car by the emergency workers for safety for hours before she could be released. She's safe now, but so shook up. Send Lucy your love too. This family is grateful for your support, love and prayers.