Ryan Smith hospitalized after accident

Linda Saholt

News Review Correspondent

Ryan Smith hospitalized after accidentA local family is asking for your prayers and good wishes for their son, Ryan Charles Smith, an employee of the Navy Federal Credit Union who was involved in a near-fatal accident Jan. 6 and is now in Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster.

For current information on Ryan’s fight for life, see Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/ Rally-for-Ryan/146788742139723.

According to California Highway Patrol Officer Roberta Record in the CHP’s Mojave office, Ryan, 21, was found at 11:40 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 6, on Brown Road south of Inyokern near Wiknich Road.

He had been driving a 2006 Plymouth Saturn northbound on Brown Road and was the sole occupant of the vehicle, which apparently ran off the road and flipped several times in the desert. Smith was ejected from the vehicle, and no evidence was found of a seatbelt having been used.

According to CHP reports, Ryan was conscious and talking when emergency personnel arrived. He told them that he had been driving at a speed of 95 miles per hour. Then his condition deteriorated and he was no longer able to speak. He was airlifted to Antelope Valley Hospital.

On the family’s Facebook page, Smith’s father, Eddie Smith, wrote, “When rescuers got to him, his body temperature had dropped to 78 degrees (he was only wearing jeans and a T-shirt, and it was very cold.)… His injuries are extensive and severe.”

Another website www.taftmidwaydriller. com, noted that “Though the CHP initially said they were investigating the possibility of drugs and/or alcohol being involved, sources with knowledge of Smith’s medical condition say his tox screen was clean at the hospital.”

As of Tuesday, Jan. 15, Eddie posted “During the night he woke up and we had some peaceful conversations. He said I was beautiful and I told him he is my miracle. It was very emotional! Today is all about healing those lungs so he can breathe on his own and then that means he can vocalize. Say big prayers for big strong lungs…. MUCH LOVE EVERYONE!”

Several fundraising efforts are under way:

• Jan. 18-20, Kentucky Fried Chicken, 20 percent donated back

• Jan. 24, Victoria’s at the Heritage, 5-9 p.m., All You Can Eat Pasta, $8.99

• Jan. 29, Pizza Factory, 30 percent donated back

• Jan. 31, Casey’s Barbecue, event with live disk jockey and drink discounts, $20 tickets available at www.showcials.com/register.aspx? party=VCEAQFDX

• Feb. 2, American Legion, spaghetti dinner, 5 p.m., $8, band Amarillo plays at 6 p.m., silent auction

• Jan. 15-18, Salon Poshe, 20 percent on any service donated back.

• Donations can be made at any Navy Federal Credit Union to the Ryan Smith Recovery Fund

Eddie also wrote, “Ryan IS coming home. There’s no doubt in my mind. But he’s been hurt very badly, and it’s going to take time. My hope is that he will be living at home for his birthday.

“He is going to need his family and friends now more than ever. So keep praying, keep visiting and know that, even if we never mention you by name, we are so grateful to each and every one of you.”

Story First Published: 2013-01-16