Fund set up for former HC reserve deputy hurt in crash

From Staff Reports

June 7, 2007 - A fund has been set up to assist a former Hopkins County reserve sheriff's deputy with medical expenses incurred in an accident.

Kevin Wingfield sustained severe injuries as a result of a motor vehicle crash early Sunday, May 27, on State Highway 11 west. The vehicle he was in hydroplaned and overturned off of the road, and he was ejected from the truck. He was rushed by ground ambulance to East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, as a helicopter could not land at the scene due to bad weather.

As a result of the crash, Wingfield sustained major head trauma, a crushed pelvis, a broken hip, three broken ribs and four broken vertebrae in his back.

"He had surgery on the brain and they removed a blood clot. We're dealing with the pressure there right now, which is preventing further surgeries," his stepfather, Tracy Lunceford, said at noon Thursday. "He's making small improvements. We believe that's due to [family and friends'] prayers."

According to Wingfield's stepfather, Tracy Lunceford, doctors give a lot of credit to the first responders who provided the initial treatment at the scene of the accident.

"The surgeon says he's real lucky because of the treatment at the scene," Lunceford said. "It was real personal to a lot of them who know him. They gave him the professional treatment he needed. From the family, I'd like to say 'Thank you' to them."

Wingfield is the son of Linda and Tracy Lunceford and Kevin Wingfield and Jennifer Wingfield. He is the brother of Cody Wingfield and Misty Lunceford. He has one son who will turn 2 in July.

He is employed at NetData and is a reserve sheriff's deputy in Delta County. He is also well known to Hopkins County officers and emergency responders as he was formerly employed in the jail at Hopkins County Sheriff's Office, where was also a former reserve deputy.

Although Wingfield has medical insurance, it won't cover 100 percent of the expenses. A fund has been set up with Guaranty Bond Bank in his mother's name, "Linda Lunceford c/o Kevin Lunceford." Donations may be made at either the Sulphur Springs or Commerce branches of the bank. The funds will be used to cover the portions of Wingfield's ongoing medical bills not covered by insurance.

Family and friends should contact Wingfield's family members for more information regarding his condition or visitation schedules.

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