Car accident takes toll on the Layton family |

Car accident takes toll on the Layton family

Dale Thompson Of the Record staff

David Layton, was in a car crash last Thanksgiving that changed his life. Shortly after moving from Park City to Murrieta, Calif. he was in a car accident which left him with broken ribs, a cracked pelvis and six injured vertebrae.

Layton and his wife Michelle lived in Park City for 14 years and ran Watchdog Property Management. They have three children. The oldest, Charlee is seven years old and attended Trailside Elementary School.

Layton was driving through an intersection near his new home when a woman ran a red light and hit the driver’s side of the car. According to police reports she was traveling about 45 mph. Layton was thrown 30 feet from his vehicle and spent four days in intensive care, followed by a two- week stay at the hospital.

The woman who struck his car received a citation but is uninsured. The Laytons are unable to get any financial compensation from her. "Our insurance has been trying to get a hold of her and we keep getting the runaround," says Michelle. "We’re just floored how nothing happens to people who don’t have insurance."

Regarding physical therapy Michelle says, "He started it but it was too painful so he’s going to hold off on it for a while. It’s hard for him to get in and out of the car."

Layton sleeps in a hospital bed they have in their home and is slowly making progress on the road to recovery. "He just went upstairs in the house for the first time the other day," says Michelle.

The accident dealt a financial blow to the family. Layton was going to start work at a construction company on the Monday following Thanksgiving, but won’t recover for another six months to a year. In the meantime they are left with payments on their new house and Michelle must stay home to care for her husband and children.

Anyone wishing to contribute financial support to the family may contact Well’s Fargo and donate to the Wells Fargo Layton Family Charity Fund.

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