JOHNSON CITY, TN-A Fleetwood man who survived a single vehicle car crash that claimed the life of another man in early October remains in critical condition.
That’s according to Johnson City Medical Center and the creator of a fundraiser to help Erick Barcenas, 18, and his family pay for mounting medical bills.
“It’s such a shame, but my husband talked to Erick’s father (Oct. 20) and he’s still in the same condition,” Kitty Honeycutt said. “They’re just hoping for good news right now.”
Honeycutt launched a GoFundMe page on Oct. 13, that has, to date, raised nearly $2,000 to help the Barcenas family defray the costs of his care, and give readers an update on Barcenas’ status.
“While they are feeling the blessings of such wonderful support, there is also disappointment,” Honeycutt wrote on Oct. 17. “Someone stole Erick’s mom’s purse while she slept in the ICU waiting room Thursday night. It had her phone, debit card, ID, and money. This should never be a worry at such a fragile time. Even so, their complete focus is on Erick and hopes for improvement in his condition.”
Barcenas and Luis Ramos, 19, also of Fleetwood, were traveling north in a 1999 Subaru Impreza on NC-194 on Oct. 9, just north of the intersection of Railroad Grade Road when the accident occurred, according to North Carolina State Trooper Kevin Aldridge.
Barcenas was driving while Ramos was in the front passenger seat, according to Aldridge.
The pair traveled around a left hand curve, went off the road to the right and struck a tree, Aldridge said.
“Both men were restrained but it was a side impact with the tree and something a seat belt isn’t going to offer as much help with,” Aldridge said.
A passing motorist saw the wreck and alerted authorities, Aldridge said. Ramos was pronounced dead at the scene while Barcenas was rushed by helicopter to Johnson City.
Johnson City Medical Center confirmed Oct. 21, that Barcenas remains in critical condition.
“It’s just an incredibly difficult thing they’re dealing with right now,” Honeycutt said.
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