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Donation fund set up to pay medical bills of North Fort Myers family struck by FHP trooper

Mar. 14, 2013
Crash victim speaks out
Crash victim speaks out: Christopher McClure, of North Fort Myers, talks about the Feb. 15 crash that killed his unborn son and injured him and his wife. Video by Marisa Kendall/
Crystal McClure cries while talking about the death of her infant son. She was 22 weeks pregnant when a Florida Highway Patrol trooper struck her car. Christopher McClure Jr. sleeps at his mother's side. / Marisa Kendall/


A month after a crash on I-75 killed the McClures' unborn son and left them with devastating injuries, the family is trying to pick up the pieces of their former life.

A Florida Highway Patrol trooper hit the McClures on Feb. 15 near the Colonial Boulevard exit on I-75. Crystal and Christopher McClure were thrown from the vehicle.

Crystal was 22 weeks pregnant with Christian McClure, who was still born the following day. The couple's year-old son, Christopher Jr., was in the car but was not ejected and did not suffer serious injuries.

After a miscarriage and several years of trying without success to get pregnant, the McClures were overjoyed to have Christian on the way, Christopher said.

"I kept telling all my friends I got another fishing buddy," he said.

The crash punctured Crystal's lungs, knocked out her teeth, fractured her hip socket and crushed her pelvis and both legs. She is still at Lee Memorial Hospital, where she lays with surgical pins sticking out of both legs.

Her husband, Christopher, suffered five broken ribs and a broken collar bone. He is out of the hospital but is in severe pain and can't return to his job at All Scrap Recycling.

Now the couple has $400,000 in medical bis to pay, according to ther attorney, Liz Kagan. They have no insurance, and Crystal will need more surgeries and 6 months to a year of rehabilitation before she will be able to walk.

"Literally they live hand to mouth," said Andy Kagan, who is also representing the McClures. "They have nothing."

Kagan Law Firm has set up a donations account in the name of Crystal and Christopher McClure at Wells Fargo. Donations are being received at all branch locations.

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