NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla.- The victims of a crash involving a state trooper are speaking publicly for the first time since the incident a month ago. Christopher and Crystal McClure are dealing with life-altering loss and pain since the crash.
"It is hard, it will take me a long time just to be able to walk," says Crystal McClure, who suffered many broken and crushed bones in the roll-over wreck Feb. 15th on I-75. "I am angry that it happened."
Crystal also lost her unborn son; she was six months pregnant.
"The doctors told me they could not do anything for him," she told reporters as tears formed in her eyes.
Christopher McClure says the trooper's vehicle came up from behind, at an excessive rate of speed, and slammed into the rear of the McClure's Jeep. That Jeep went airborne and flipped over several times before landing off the highway. Chris suffered broken ribs and other injuries. He is recuperating. Crystal remains in the hospital until Builders Care, affiliated with the Lee Building Industry Association, can build her a ramp at her home. She will be in a wheelchair for some time to come, and faces more surgeries and months of rehabilitation.
Christopher tells WINK News, "I am not really worried about what happens to the trooper. I am worried about what happens to my family. I don't want to live with a grudge."
The family is considering a lawsuit against the Florida Highway Patrol. The crash report faults trooper Gustavo Reyes.
You can help the family, facing nearly $400,000 in medical bills, by donating a check at any Wells Fargo bank in the area. Make the check payable to Christopher McClure or Crystal McClure. Their attorneys will make sure the money gets to the family.