Pas­sen­ger of Route 22 car crash moved from ICU, sis­ter says

The Morning Call - - LOCAL NEWS - By Manuel Gamiz Jr.

The 30-year-old vic­tim in last week’s Route 22 crash in­volv­ing a high-end sports car was re­cently moved from the in­ten­sive care unit as she con­tin­ues a long road to re­cov­ery, her sis­ter said on Wed­nes­day.

Kelsey Gibson, of Al­len­town, was a pas­sen­ger in a McLaren 720S driven by Al­fredo Gene Del­gado Jr., 40, of North White­hall Town­ship. Po­lice said she was thrown from the ve­hi­cle when Del­gado crashed into the rear of a box truck at 3:30 a.m. on Sept. 19 near Air­port Road in Hanover Town­ship, Le­high County.

“Right now, they are just tak­ing it day to day,” said Hal­ley Gibson, Kelsey’s sis­ter. “There is no long-term prog­no­sis on how long she will be in the hospi­tal, but she was just moved out of ICU. Other than that, it will be a long road to re­cov­ery.”

Kelsey Gibson suf­fered se­vere in­juries, which in­clude bro­ken ribs, a punc­tured lung, se­vere lac­er­a­tions to her liver and kid­ney and a ma­jor in­jury to her leg. The fam­ily has cre­ated a GoFundMe for do­na­tions to help with her med­i­cal ex­penses and her even­tual move back to Utah to be with her fam­ily.

The crash re­mains un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, po­lice said, and no charges have been filed.

Hal­ley Gibson said her fam­ily has not re­ceived any up­dates on the sta­tus of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. “Hon­estly, we have had min­i­mal news about the in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” she said. “We were hop­ing to hear some­thing on Mon­day.”

She said no one in her fam­ily was fa­mil­iar with Del­gado, the driver of the 2018 McLaren 720S, an English sports car with a base price of $284,000, which was to­taled in the crash.

Hal­ley Gibson said her sis­ter at­tended the Chris Brown con­cert at the PPL Cen­ter in Al­len­town ear­lier that night and then went to an af­ter-party. But she does not know what hap­pened af­ter­ward.

“I have not been able to talk to her and my par­ents have been tread­ing lightly be­cause of the trauma,” she said. “We don’t know if she re­mem­bers what hap­pened and what went on that night.”

Hal­ley Gibson said her fam­ily is from Utah, but her fa­ther’s job brought the fam­ily to the Le­high Val­ley about a decade ago. The fam­ily lived in Ore­field for a few years, but Kelsey Gibson stayed be­hind and has lived on her own for four years.

She was a man­ager at a call cen­ter for about eight years, but when the com­pany shut down she took a job as a bar­tender and wait­ress. She was liv­ing in Al­len­town, but had planned to move to Philadel­phia in Oc­to­ber.

Hal­ley Gibson said she is grate­ful for all the sup­port her fam­ily has re­ceived over the past week.

“She is just the most gen­er­ous, kind per­son there is,” she said. “She is fun and feisty and loves her fam­ily fiercely. She’s just a good per­son.”

Manuel Gamiz Jr. can be reached at 610-820-6595 or at [email protected]

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