A few independent entities have joined forces to aid a young woman who recently endured a horrific accident.
On the morning of Aug. 4, Sylvia Spivey, 25, Marshall, was driving for another day of work at the Putnamville Correctional Facility in Greencastle, when her van stalled on United States 59, just north of the Clay and Parke County line. She attempted to pull to the side of the road, and while she was attempting to coast to a stop, she says a Fed-Ex truck struck her from behind.
The accident left Spivey with a broken back and neck, as well as numb leg which makes walking a strenuous effort. Unable to handle her increased medical bills, Spivey and her 20-month-old son D.J. were forced to move in with her parents, Ben and Vicki. Spivey is able to walk and says she is gradually getting better, but knows she still has a ways to go before she is fully recovered.
"I'm just going one day at a time," Spivey said. "I'm doing better but I have a ways to go."
To make matters worse, Toni Woody, a close friend of the family says Fed-Ex is denying their driver is responsible for the event despite the fact Spivey "has several witnesses" who saw the driver "make no attempt to swerve or slow down." Spivey herself had no comment on the accident, or any pending legal action she and her family may be taking, saying she had "been advised not to speak on the issue."
Spivey says she has medical insurance, but is struggling to pay several bills, as she is unable to work. To help her raise necessary funds, Woody teamed up with Amy Trapman, also a close friend to the Spivey family, to host a spaghetti fund-raising dinner to help with Sylvia's mounting financial burdens. Woody said she was more than happy to help the young girl, whom she has a very high opinion of.
"(Sylvia's) a really special girl," Woody said. "(Trapman and I) love her to death and we're happy to help her out."
The dinner will be held this Saturday at the Parke Co. Fairgrounds in Rockville. Attendees will be treated to spaghetti, bread and beverages. There will also be karaoke and a 50/50 drawing.
Spivey expressed gratitude towards Woody and Trapman for taking an interest in her and offering her assistance in a time of great need.
"In a time of crisis, you learn who your real friends are," Spivey said. "I've very appreciative of everything they've done and I am happy to have such great support."
Woody said she hoped people in the community would attend so as to offer assistance to a local citizen who was very much in need of caring gestures.
"(The dinner) is a great chance for people to help a young mother, who can't currently support herself," Woody said.
The dinner will run from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children.