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GoFundMe launched for Cowichan Valley teen seriously injured in fatal crash


A tragic two-vehicle crash on Highway 18 has left one man dead and a Lake Cowichan teenager, Falyne Smith, seriously injured.

The accident, which occurred on Friday, May 10th, involved a rollover collision between a pickup truck and a Hyundai Santa Fe near Hillcrest.

The driver of the pickup truck was pronounced dead at the scene, while all four youths in the Santa Fe were rushed to the hospital with various injuries.

According to a GoFundMe set up by family, Falyne Smith, a 15-year-old from Lake Cowichan, suffered a broken spine and severe internal injuries.

Initially brought to Victoria General Hospital for emergency bowel surgery, Falyne was later airlifted to BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver for further treatment.

In the days following the crash, she faced a critical battle with sepsis and was placed on life support. Her condition was dire, with her feet cold to the touch. However, by Sunday, Falyne had stabilized enough to undergo spinal surgery, which was successful, much to the relief of her family.

In light of these events, a GoFundMe campaign has been launched to support Falyne and her family during her extensive recovery period.

“Imagine receiving a call that your 15-year-old daughter has been in a serious accident,” read the opening of GoFundMe.

“First, you are told she is OK, but then the X-rays come back, revealing a broken spine and severe internal injuries. As you try to process this devastating news, you find out she is turning yellow. She is rushed into emergency surgery, and once stabilized, she is flown to Children’s Hospital in Vancouver for spinal surgery.”

According to Debbie Smith who set up the fundraiser, Falyne’s family, with two other children, are staying at a motel in Vancouver.

The funds are intended to cover medical expenses and provide financial support as Falyne faces a minimum of three months of recovery.

The campaign, which initially set a goal of $15,000, has garnered an overwhelming response from the community, raising $20,890 as of this publication.

The funds are intended to cover medical expenses and provide financial support as Smith faces a minimum of three months of recovery.

“We have set up a GoFundMe account to assist with the overwhelming costs: accommodations, ferry rides, parking, extra meals, fuel, and more. Your support will not only help cover these expenses but will also lift the family’s spirits, showing them that they are not alone in this fight,” said Debbie.

The status of the Santa Fe driver and the two other passengers remains unknown at this time. The identity of the deceased has not been released or the cause of the crash.

Click here if you would like to donate today.

Victoria Buzz Staff
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