PLATTSBURGH —Local racer Nick LaGoy is still hospitalized following a snowmobile crash that broke a vertebra Feb. 2.
LaGoy, 28, was injured in the crash in the championship race of the Adirondack Cup at the Boonville Snow Festival, roughly 30 miles north of Utica.
LaGoy’s sled made contact with another racer’s as he tried to maneuver around traffic, Nick’s father Fred explained to the Press-Republican a few days after the crash.
Nick’s snowmobile hit the hay bales bordering the track, and the crash broke a vertebra, causing a bone chip to protrude into his spine.
He was taken from the scene of the race by ambulance before being airlifted to the Albany Medical Center where he underwent surgery.
“They say the surgery was successful,” said Patty, Nick’s mom. “Even if he does heal, it’s going to take a long time.”
While he is still in great pain and cannot walk, she said he has been in reasonably good spirits, bolstered by visitors he’s gotten while in the hospital.
“He’s lifted by the people who come visit him, but he wants to get moving.”
Unfortunately for Nick, his preventative care health insurance is looking like it won’t cover any of his hospital bills, according to Patty.
The family is hoping to get Nick into Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital in Schenectady, but that will cost $3,200 a day if they get in, Patty said.
“His legs do not move,” Patty said. “He needs extensive physical therapy, and we really don’t know how that’s gonna happen.”
A GoFundMe page to help with Nick’s bills was set up by family friends of the LaGoys, the Tetreaults, in the days following the crash.
It has since surpassed its original $20,000 goal, reaching $22,840 by Monday afternoon.
Nick’s sister Danielle, an artist based in Montana, has also helped raise money for the fund, having already auctioned off four of her paintings for a total of $1,190.
“I look at (the GoFundMe page) and it just puts me in tears,” Patty said. “This community that we live in is incredible. We’ll never be able to thank everyone enough.”
Donations can still be made at tinyurl.com/uys4qd8.
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