A Saskatchewan woman is in hospital in critical condition after a highway crash on Nov. 2.
Ashley and Matt Klassen — a couple from Christopher Lake — were driving to Regina for the Saskatchewan Roughriders game when they were involved in a head-on collision 15 kilometres north of Prince Albert on Highway 2 around 8 a.m.
RCMP said a car going northbound crossed the centre lane and hit their vehicle.
Matt is recovering in a Prince Albert hospital. He has a bruised kidney, but is expected to make a full recovery. The driver of the car was also hurt.
Ashley, however, is in serious condition at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon.
“She’s had strokes — she’s supposed to go for another surgery actually — it’s devastating — it’s not Ashley anymore.”
To make things worse, Ashley’s dad passed away a week ago after a 15-year battle with brain cancer.
“The family is still grieving that as well,” Shmigelski said.
Late Sunday after a hospital visit, Shmigelski organized a GoFundMe campaign to support the couple — who also has a one-year-old boy — and their family.
“Glad I found something I can help with because I felt really helpless in that room,” she said.
As of Tuesday afternoon, it’s raised more than $10,000.
“They’re just a very generous and kind family and they’re never going to ask for help,” Shmigelski said. “They’re also never going to leave her side and I knew they were all taking time — unpaid time — off of work.”
“They’re a very close family and I know that’s going to help her more than anything is having her family right there with her,” she said.
RCMP said the crash is still under investigation.