Fund set up to help crash vic­tim’s fam­ily

The Delhi News-Record - - NEWS - JA­COB ROBIN­SON

Kevin Coutts is lucky to be alive, but the father of two still has plenty of fight­ing left to do.

The 40-year-old was taken to hos­pi­tal with life- threat­en­ing in­juries fol­low­ing a chain re­ac­tion crash on High­way 24 north­west of Waterford on Oct. 25.

Coutts, an Inger­soll res­i­dent, was one of four pas­sen­gers in a truck car­ry­ing Tilt­wall con­struc­tion em­ploy­ees to a job site in Sim­coe. Ten peo­ple were in­volved but in­juries suf­fered by Coutts were the most se­vere. He was trans­ferred to Hamil­ton Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal where he un­der­went im­me­di­ate brain surgery.

With­out the work of first re­spon­ders on the scene, “he would not be here to­day,” Coutts’ sis­ter Dar­lene Wood­ley said Oct. 31.

“Of­fi­cers at­tend­ing and my­self were amazed there weren’t mul­ti­ple fa­tal­i­ties,” Nor­folk OPP of­fi­cer Ed Sanchuk said from the site. “This was a vi­o­lent crash.”

Know­ing her brother has a long road of re­cov­ery ahead, Wood­ley has set up a Go Fund Me page to as­sist Coutts’ wife, Amanda, and their two chil­dren, Ma­son, 8, and Ariel, 4.

“I think we re­al­ized af­ter the sec­ond day that Amanda and his kids were go­ing to have bills and mort­gage pay­ments and things com­ing up and like a lot of peo­ple they live pay­cheque to pay­cheque and per­haps within a few weeks she would be in a lot of trou­ble,” said Wood­ley, not­ing that Amanda is a stay-ath­ome mom.

Wood­ley ac­knowl­edges Amanda can ap­ply for fund­ing from a few dif­fer­ent sources but those pro­pos­als won’t be pro­cessed any time soon.

“In the mean­time, she’s up the creek for weeks and weeks,” Wood­ley said.

As of Oct. 31, the fundrais­ing cam­paign had ac­cu­mu­lated $3,350 for Kevin and Amanda, who wed just three months ago.

“He loved the new job he started at Tilt­wall, he’s been there eight or nine months and was to­tally ec­static about it,” said Wood­ley.

They’re not sure if Coutts can hear them but when his fam­ily and friends visit the hos­pi­tal, they pro­vide up­dates on his beloved Toronto Maple Leafs, but mostly how Amanda and the kids are hold­ing up.

“More than any­thing he loves his kids and his wife,” Wood­ley said. “His fam­ily is ev­ery­thing he lives for, he’s al­ways been a fam­ily guy as long as I can re­mem­ber. Even as a teenager he was al­ways about my par­ents and fam­ily so that’s al­ways been a huge piece of his life … we use them a lot in con­ver­sa­tions to try and get him to keep fight­ing.”

Wood­ley said that Coutts is hooked up to a breath­ing tube while doc­tors are mon­i­tor­ing the swelling of his brain.

“We don’t know long term how this is go­ing to look, he’s still very much not out of the woods yet,” she added. “Doc­tors have been very clear things can go ei­ther way at this point still.”

Any­one look­ing to do­nate can do so at gofundme.com/kevin­couttse­mer­gency-re­lief.

HAND­OUT/ POST­MEDIA NET­WORK

Kevin Coutts of Inger­soll shares a smile with his wife Amanda at their wed­ding three months ago. Last week, Coutts was se­ri­ously in­jured in a crash out­side of Waterford and is fight­ing for his life at Hamil­ton Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal.

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