Fund set up to help crash victim’s family
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.
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.