Enes Smith recovering at Boise hospital
A fundraiser has been set up for Enes Smith, a former police chief for Madras and Warm Springs, who was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash Aug. 23, in Eastern Oregon.
Smith, 72, was traveling eastbound on U.S. Highway 26, between the Austin junction and Unity, when an ATV on the back of a westbound Ford F-350 flatbed came loose and struck his motorcycle.
Smith was airlifted to hospital in Boise, Idaho, where he remains.
According to the GoFundMe fundraiser, set up by his son and daughter, Tony Smith and Maddie Viens, "He sustained serious injuries including pelvic fracture, broken arm and cracked vertebrae in his neck. The good news is he will recover. However, it will be the better part of a year before he is able to resume his former lifestyle."
On Tuesday morning, Tony Smith, of Stevenson, Washington, said that his dad is still hospitalized in Boise, Idaho. "He's doing pretty well, all things considered," he said, adding that his father has had surgeries to repair his pelvis and right arm.
"Dad will probably be in hospital until end of month at least before we can transfer him home to Central Oregon," said Smith.
Because of gaps in Medicare coverage, the fundraiser has a goal of $25,000, to cover Enes Smith's out-of-pocket expenses.
"We are hoping to raise this money by Oct. 1, and any help is appreciated," Smith noted.
The GoFundMe account is located at www.gofundme.com/f/help-enes-smith. As of Tuesday morning, donations totaled $1,050.
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