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Meet Darrick Cruz, my 19-year-old nephew and son to my big brother, Gerald. He was on his way home when his car stalled in the path of a fully-loaded semi traveling at full speed. Please read on and share.... More ...

Darrick's story...

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 19-year-old Chehalis area resident was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after his Chevrolet Blazer drove into the path of a semi truck on state Route 6 near Adna yesterday evening.

Troopers and aid called about 5:15 p.m. to the scene two miles west of Chehalis found the SUV had spun out and come to rest in the eastbound lane; the big rig ran off the shoulder into the ditch.

Darrick B. Cruz’s SUV was totaled, according to the Washington State Patrol. The truck driver was reportedly uninjured.

According to the investigating trooper, the 1994 Freightliner was westbound on state Route 6 when Cruz entered from Chilvers Road and stopped in the the westbound lane, causing the truck to swerve into the east lane in an attempt to avoid it. Then the SUV then moved south into the east lane where it was struck, according to the state patrol.

A spokesperson for the state patrol said he believed Cruz may have been attempting to turn left, but wasn’t sure.

“He was unconscious, so we don’t know what he was trying to do,” Trooper Will Finn said.

Firefighters had to use the Jaws of Life as there was major “intrusion” into the driver’s side, according to Lewis County Fire District 6. The patient suffered possible head injuries and what Chief Tim Kinder called multi-system trauma – very serious injuries.

Cruz was in the intensive care unit listed in serious condition about 9:30 a.m. today.

Both were wearing seat belts. The semi truck was towed, according to the state patrol.

The cause of the collision is under investigation.

How Darrick is doing...

Miraculously, Darrick is expected to pull through.  He has passed all tests and doctors have stated the outlook is positive.  All extremeties are working as hoped, and he has been responding to painful stimuli and voice commands.  Most recently, he reached for his girlfriend upon hearing her voice.

Here's where he needs your help...

Darrick has a long road ahead of him, one that won't come without hardship.  All funds collected will go towards this road to recovery.  Any help, big or small, is much appreciated.  

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