LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. - Days after a head-on collision in North Fort Myers sent four people to the hospital, loved ones of two recovering victims are rallying together to help.
Robin Gray, 40, and her son Wyatt Gray, 9, were hit Tuesday night by a driver who had a medical emergency at the wheel. Lee Memorial Hospital says their conditions have improved since. Robin was in fair condition as of Friday afternoon, Wyatt was in good condition.
The passenger of the truck that hit the Grays, Katherine Hatch, 19, died Thursday afternoon. The driver, Cody Yancey, 19, was in serious condition Friday.
Lorie Crawford has taken over running Gray's business 5 Star Stable and Tack, since her best friend has been in the hospital.
"I think it's very shocking, especially with the kids, this is a very kid-oriented stable," says Crawford.
Crawford says both mother and son will be recovering for many months to come, leaving the business, Gray's lifelong dream, hanging in the balance.
While the Grays focusing on getting better, friends have taken a cue from the passion for horses both shared.
They have organized a barrelrace to raise money for the family and to help keep the business open.
"As long as we just keep going, that's what Robin would want," Crawford says.
The fundraiser is Saturday, Sept. 10, and will take place at Lee County Posse Arena in North Fort Myers. In addition to the race, there will be a raffle, Crawford says. Any donations of money or items to raffle are appreciated, she says.
More information is available on the business's Facebook page.
Crawford says there will also be a fundraiser Sunday at Alva Country Diner from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.