Fundraiser underway for man injured last week

Tyler Spencer is pictured with his fiancé, Krista, and her daughter, Elana. Spencer sustained life-threating injuries in an incident May 20. A fundraiser is underway to help with his medical costs. (Contributed photo)

With three surgeries already under his belt and more expected, Tyler Spencer’s family and friends issued a plea asking for donations to help pay his medical costs.

Spencer, 20 was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, N.C. for treatment of injuries sustained in during a May 20 incident near his home in the Woolwine community.

Steve Allen, coordinator of Patrick County Emergency Management, said crews responded to the call at a home on Pilson Sawmill Road around 11:44 a.m.
Spencer was pinned between a front end loader and a truck that was delivering furniture, according to Katie Michelle Martin, Spencer’s aunt.

The truck became stuck in the soggy ground, she said.

Spencer was hooking a chain to the front bumper of the vehicle, and “all of a sudden” Martin said Spencer became pinned between the two.

Spencer sustained life-threatening injuries to his lower body, but tried to reassure Martin at the scene. She said Spencer was “telling me to calm down and that he was okay.”

He was transported to the hospital, where he has had three surgeries and more to come, Martin said, adding that he remains in critical condition in the ICU.

Martin is hosting a fundraising page on Facebook, and has created another forum where people can order T-shirts to show their support and help raise funds that will be used for Spencer’s medical bills.

Anyone interested in helping can find both pages on Facebook by searching “Tyler Spencer Medical Fundraiser” or by contacting Martin via Facebook.

In addition to Patrick County Fire and EMS, other agencies responding included the Woolwine Volunteer Fire Department, the Fairystone Volunteer Fire Department and the Patrick County Sheriff’s Office.


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