CLINTON -- West Point couple Lauren and Andrew Brown, injured when a truck came crashing into their bedroom, are receiving a hand from some sure-footed people wanting to help the family meet their medical and housing costs.
Starstruck Studios in Sunset is sponsoring a carwash fundraiser for the Browns from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, in the parking lot of Stearns Lending, 1448 N. 2000 West, Clinton.
The cost is $5 for a carwash and, upon request, an additional $5 for interior vacuuming and $5 more for an interior wash.
Proceeds from the event will go to the Brown family, who lost their affordable rental home as a result of it being damaged beyond repair in the June 30 crash, said Brandy Christensen, owner of Starstruck Studios, where Lauren Brown has been lead dance instructor for six years.
Funds raised from the event also will be used to help offset the medical expenses Andrew Brown is incurring as he remains under physician's care at Pine View Transitional Rehab in Ogden.
Lauren and her husband were lying on their bed, watching television and reading, when a car came crashing through the bedroom wall behind them, throwing them across the room.
"It just looked like the room exploded," said Lauren, who is grateful their 10-month-old twin boys were in another room in the small house and escaped injury.
The accident occurred when two trucks, traveling south on 2000 West in West Point, passed through the intersection at 550 North. One truck hit a trailer, and the other slammed into the Brown home.
The drivers of both trucks were arrested and charged with reckless driving and speeding.
Lauren said she suffered a concussion, scrapes and bruises, while her 34-year-old husband had broken ribs, a fractured right tibia, a fractured right femur, a fractured sternum and other injuries to his right leg, knee and foot, resulting in his experiencing blood clots following surgery.
As a result, Andrew Brown remains under a doctor's care at an Ogden rehab center, where he is undergoing therapy and is expected to remain until the end of September, his wife said.
"(Andrew) has spent July in the hospital or rehab center, and he is probably not going to be able to work full time for quite a while," said Andrew's mother, Linda B. Brown, in an e-mail to the Standard-Examiner.
"(Andrew) is not well enough to come home, and I am unable to take care of him (there)," Lauren Brown said of her husband, who despite surgery still is unable to lift his right foot.
She said she fears the damage will affect his ability to walk and drive.
Andrew, relating a message through his wife, said, "It will be a challenge to learn how to walk," but he assured her that he will walk.
"It hit both of us, but he was hurt the worst," said Lauren, 24, who, in addition to being a dance instructor at the Sunset studio, is a full-time hair and nail stylist.
With her husband of three years having to remain at the rehab center, Lauren said, she has found herself and her two boys temporary housing from a friend. They can stay there for free for the next three months.
"After that," she said, "the rent would be triple what we were paying for the other home."
Prior to Lauren Brown finding temporary housing, Christensen said, the family had been living in a hotel for two weeks.
"This is our way of helping someone who is so dear to our hearts," Christensen said of the fundraising effort.
And the Brown family is grateful for any help they receive.
"They are just like our extended family, basically," Lauren Brown said of those at the dance studio.
Cash donations also are being accepted for the Brown family at any America First Credit Union or Zions Bank.
For more information about making a donation, e-mail email@example.com or call 801-627-0900 or 801-779-3613.