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