One of the drivers seriously injured in a Monday morning crash in Hamburg Township continues to recover after undergoing surgery on Thursday.
17-year-old Natalie Taylor was extricated from the wreckage of her Ford Fusion after it was struck head-on by a Chevrolet Silverado that had crossed the centerline on M-36 east of Merrill Road at about 9 a.m. Monday.
While the driver of the Chevrolet Silverado was transported by Livingston County EMS to the University of Michigan Medical Center – Ann Arbor, Taylor required what first responders called “significant extrication efforts” to be removed from the vehicle and was then transported by Survival Flight to C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor.
According to a GoFundMe page set up by Taylor’s sister, she broke both of her femurs, along with her right shin, right ankle, left arm, nose, cheek bone and orbital bone. She also suffered severe lacerations in her face and head as well as a concussion. An update posted Thursday said Taylor had successfully undergone surgery on her femurs and ankle and will be in a wheelchair for 3 months, with future surgeries scheduled.
The page has raised approximately $32,000 toward a $100,000 goal to cover medical expenses.
A post on the Pinckney Community Schools Facebook page asked the public to “keep Natalie and her family in our thoughts and prayers during the days, weeks and months ahead, which will no doubt include many surgeries, ongoing therapy and healing.”
Meanwhile, the investigation continues by the Hamburg Township Police Department into the cause of the crash. A request for comment has so far been unreturned.