GoFundMe for brothers injured in I-90 crash returning to Pullman surpasses $35,000

From staff reports

Janet Phillips Gullberg, a friend of John and Justin Crawford, started a GoFundMe campaign to support the health costs for the brothers, both WSU students who were injured in a car accident over the weekend on their way back to Pullman.

They were involved in a nine-car pileup on Sunday on Interstate 90 that also resulted in the death of their fraternity brother Dashiell Mortell.

Gullberg started the campaign with a goal of $50,000. In two days, the campaign has raised $35,829.

Justin Crawford has gone through surgery to fix a vertebral fracture and came out in stable condition last night, according to an update on the GoFundMe page. John Crawford is still in intensive care at Harborview Hospital for multiple fractures to his face and back, a collapsed lung and a severed spinal cord.

“(John) is able to breathe on his own and move his arms,” Gullberg stated on the page. “He’s a tough kid, so it will take more than this to dampen his courageous spirit.”

Gullberg posted at about 11 a.m. on Wednesday stated that Justin had a cervical fracture. This caused the surgical procedure to be done through his throat which affected his speech. A little later, Gullberg posted that a speech pathologist came in to look at Justin’s throat.

She also reported that John was awake and alert and had access to his phone for the first time since the accident.

“(The) first thing (John) asked for was his phone,” Gullberg said, “Good thing its blown up with messages of well wishes.”

Both brothers have been moved to the same room at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Reporting by Rick Flores