With eights running wild on 8-8-18, it proved to be significant for a lot of people, but for Elsberry resident Teresa O’Driscoll, it is one day she wished never happened.
As she and her 18-year-old daughter, Meghan, headed to Troy, crossing the intersection of Hwy B and 61, O’Driscoll’s van was hit broadside by a northbound truck. Teresa was airlifted to Mercy in St. Louis with serious injuries, and Meghan was transported by ambulance with minor injuries.
For the O’Driscolls, the accident isn’t what is significant, it is the kindness shown by the Elsberry Community and beyond.
According to her husband, Patrick, there is not a day that goes by someone isn’t asking how his wife is doing.
“It is not uncommon for me to go to the gas station or grocery store and three or four people will ask,” he continued, “We have been so touched by what everyone has done, people need to realize what they have in this community.”
After spending weeks in the hospital, Teresa was able to come home, but the house had to be handicapped accessible.
Neighbors Shelley and Rich Harding got the ball rolling to get a ramp built. That rolling ball ended with the Lincoln County Ambulance Outreach.
Personnel from LCAD donated their time to get the project done, and all the lumber and materials were donated by Old Monroe Lumber Company to complete the project.
Those helping with the project were Directors Tammie Taubig and Dave Gulley; Paramedics Tony Hunt, Nathan Schnelle, Olivia Gardner and Brett Tichenor; and EMT Ryan Bathe.
“This is what the Outreach is all about, we want to be able to help people in the communities of Lincoln County,” said Taubig.
Their son, Brendan, set up a Go Fund Me account and with those funds they were able to room handicapped accessible.
Despite their immediate needs being met, Patrick still worries about what the future holds for the family. Teresa had two surgeries before she left the hospital for orbital fractures in her eyes and nerve damage to her back. The O’Driscoll’s medical bills are mounting, including the huge bill for the Air Evac and the physical therapy Teresa will need are a concern.
The O’Driscoll’s feel very blessed that almost ten years ago when they moved from Hazelwood they found Elsberry. They can’t help but wonder, though, if the proposed J-Turn, which the Missouri Department of Transportation proposed back in 2016 to be put in at the Auburn Junction, hadn’t been removed from the table after backlash from residents and local leaders, if they would even be in this situation.
If you would like to donate to continue helping this family, the Go Fund Me account is Teresa’s Guardian Angels.