RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — A young family in Randolph County was about to get bigger. Stacie Lawrence was expecting her second child when she was hit by a truck driver last month.
Lawrence survived but her baby didn’t make it.
Troopers say the driver blew through a stoplight on U.S. 64 in Asheboro.
For the past month, Lawrence has been recovering at UNC Hospital. She had broken bones, including her pelvis, a ruptured spleen and traumatic brain injuries. On Tuesday, Lawrence was taken to a rehabilitation center in Atlanta.
“They are re-teaching her everything from eating, to her name, to pictures of family and friends and her daughter,” explains Kelli Behrens, one of Lawrence’s friends.
It could take years for Lawrence to fully regain her memory and mobility but her friends wanted to do something now. They are holding a benefit to help Lawrence and her family.
“We really need everyone to pitch in and help this one time. If there was ever a time, this family is the most deserving,” explains Behrens.
The fundraiser will be on Saturday at Ramseur Wesleyan Church on Leonard Park Street. It is $8 per plate for the barbecue dinner and there will also be a raffle.
“Any money that is raised here will help ensure that Stacie does have a home to come home to when she does come home,” explains Behrens.
Lawrence just turned 30 last week and has an 11-month-old daughter.