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Kamloops woman left seriously injured after collision with moose near Edmonton

The vehicle Tara Bouvette, 25, was driving after colliding with a moose near Edmonton, Alberta on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Samantha Bouvette
November 26, 2019 - 3:41 PM

The family of a Kamloops woman involved in a collision with a moose last Friday is asking for the community’s support with an online fundraiser.

Samantha Bouvette says her sister-in-law, Tara Bouvette, 25, was left in critical condition after her vehicle collided with a moose just outside of Edmonton on Friday, Nov. 22 at around 6 p.m.

“She is currently in ICU (intensive care unit). She’s just been woken up with some short term memory loss and she will need some facial surgery done,” Samantha says.

Tara was driving in a smaller Toyota vehicle when she came into contact with a moose on her way to Edmonton from Kamloops, according to Samantha.

She was airlifted to a hospital in Edmonton and taken into surgery immediately.

“Tara has 41 staples in her skull as well as stitches,” Samantha says. “She also suffered a fracture at the base of her skull and 14 fractures to the face as well as a major cut by the corner of her right eye.”

Tara Bouvette, 25, of Kamloops was left seriously injured after she was involved in a collision with a moose in Alberta.
Tara Bouvette, 25, of Kamloops was left seriously injured after she was involved in a collision with a moose in Alberta.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED / Samantha Bouvette

Tara’s mother, Shelley Bouvette, left Kamloops immediately in order to be with her daughter in Alberta.

“She had to go down there for an unknown amount of time while her daughter is either able to get transferred to a closer hospital or is able to leave,” she says. “We don’t really know what it looks like right now.”

Tara’s friends were tracking her arrival through an app. When they noticed she had stopped moving and wasn’t responding to calls or texts, they decided to drive to her last location.

“They found her car in pieces and saw the moose on the side of the road,” she says.

The GoFundMe page has a goal of $2,500 which will go towards helping Tara’s mom with the cost of her plane ticket, along with hotels and lost wages while she is staying in Alberta.

To donate to the fundraiser go here.


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