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Fundraising underway for Vernon nurse critically injured in car crash

Lindsey Hauck, left, and her daughter are pictured in a photo posted to the fundraising website gofundme.com. Hauck was critically injured in a car crash in Vernon, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014.
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October 26, 2014 - 2:34 PM

VERNON – Friends of the Vernon woman seriously hurt in a car crash involving a suspected drunk driver have started a fundraiser for the nurse and mother.

Lindsey Hauck, 31, was a passenger in the Pontiac sedan T-boned in the intersection of 30 Avenue and Highway 97 in the early morning hours of Thursday, Oct. 23. She was rushed to Vernon Jubilee Hospital, where she was working that evening, and transferred to Kelowna General Hospital.

Her co-worker Erin Rae Smith, 33, from Kelowna was driving the car and was killed.

The 37-year-old Vernon woman behind the wheel of the minivan allegedly drove through a red light and hit the car on the driver’s door, according to police.

“Our investigating officer made a determination that the driver of the van was under the influence of liquor and started an impaired driving investigation,” RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk said Thursday.

Mounties are still trying to piece together the facts of the case to determine which, if any, criminal charges will be recommended.

A page has been created on the fundraising website gofundme.com by Hauck’s friends and co-workers. Already over $13,000 has been raised.

According to the site, she has internal injuries along with a head injury and a broken arm. She has had two surgeries and was recovering in the Intensive Care Unit at Kelowna General. She has since been transferred to Vernon Jubilee Hospital.

“Lindsey has a very long and hard journey in front of her physically and mentally,” a post to the webpage says. “Let’s get together to make her journey a little easier financially.”

You can make a donation at www.gofundme.com.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Howard Alexander at halexander@infonews.ca or call 250-491-0331. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

— This story was updated at 9:19 a.m., Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 to correct Lindsey Hauck's age from 37-years-old to 31-years-old.

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