A fundraiser has been started for a McHenry mother of two who suffered numerous serious injuries in a motorcycle crash earlier this month near Crystal Lake.
The three-vehicle crash happened around 9:30 p.m. on September 11 near Route 31 and Crystal Lake Avenue in unincorporated Crystal Lake.
The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office said a 2011 Ford Fusion, driven by a 35-year-old McHenry woman, was traveling northbound on Route 31 when it started to slow down in traffic.
A 2005 Harley Davidson struck the rear of the Ford, according to the sheriff’s office.
The male driver, a 38-year-old McHenry man, and a female passenger, 36-year-old Christy Minor, were both ejected from the motorcycle.
Another motorcycle, a 2003 Yamaha VStar, was following behind the Harley Davidson and the driver attempted to avoid the crash by laying his motorcycle down, the sheriff’s office said.
The driver of the Yamaha, a 32-year-old Trevor, Wisconsin man, was ejected and his motorcycle then struck Minor as she was lying in the roadway.
The drivers of both motorcycles were transported by ambulance to Northwestern Medicine Hospital in McHenry and later released with minor injuries.
Minor was transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville by a LifeNet medical helicopter in serious condition. The driver of the Ford was treated and released at the scene.
Minor told Lake and McHenry County Scanner on Sunday that “it was a miracle” that she is still alive.
The woman, who resides in McHenry and owns the store Kiddy Korner McHenry, broke both of her legs, her back and her femur.
Minor, a mother of two kids, underwent six surgeries and has since been transferred from the hospital to a rehabilitation center.
The woman’s sister, Jennifer Coons, created a GoFundMe page to help raise money for Minor’s expenses, which include having to retrofit her home to make it wheelchair accessible.
“She will also have metal rods in both legs for the rest of her life. She will need to relearn how to walk. It will not be easy, but she will come out in the other side of this and she will walk again,” Coons said.