Son steps up after mom hurt in wrong-way crash

Keenin Osborne's mom is still in the hospital

Crash at SR 500 and Stapleton, June 12 2015. (KOIN)
Crash at SR 500 and Stapleton, June 12 2015. (KOIN)

VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) — A woman hurt in a wrong-way crash in Vancouver is still in the hospital, and the experience has forced her 18-year-old son to grow up fast.

Keenin Osborne's mother was badly hurt in a wrong way crash, June 17, 2015 (KOIN)
Keenin Osborne’s mother was badly hurt in a wrong way crash, June 17, 2015 (KOIN)

Keenin Osborne graduated from Union High School Tuesday night, but his mother Amy Osborne wasn’t there. She’s not in her beloved garden either, or able to take care of Keenin’s 4-year-old brother. He has been staying with relatives since the crash.

Amy was on SR 500 when she was hit head on. Two people died in the crash. Amy broke both her legs, her pelvis and her arm. She injured her liver, a lung and has head trauma. Despite that, Keenin knows his mom is listening when he’s there.

“We really need you to squeeze your hands, we need to know you’re alright, and then to just see her hands tighten up around ours, it’s incredible,” said Keenin.

Amy doesn’t have health insurance and her co-workers at Lapellah Restaurant said this couldn’t have happened to a nicer person.

“Amy didn’t do anything…she was truly an innocent victim and this community has come together for her,” Lisa Hanna told KOIN 6 News.

Hanna is talking about a YouCaring fundraising site. People have already donated more than $45,000. Keenin is grateful.

“We’re only here to support her right now, she has her own fight that is more difficult than anything we’ve faced,” said Keenin.

Doctors said it could be a year before Amy can walk again. In the meantime, Keenin said his mom has prepared him for this difficult time.

“She’s prepared me as best as she could to take on, to be like her, to help everyone and to be able to bear the weight.”

Keenin wore a Go Pro camera to graduation so he can share the moment with his mom.

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