DeKALB – While potential citations and charges in a two-car crash Wednesday on Peace Road are still being determined, a Waterman woman who was driving one of the vehicles remains in critical condition.
Rachel Jimenez, a single mother of three and a Tails Humane Society volunteer, was driving her son to another foster family’s home when the head-on collision happened about 5 p.m. Wednesday, according to an email from Michelle Groeper, executive director at Tails. Groeper said Jimenez’s son, Isaac, has had surgery and will be fine, whereas Rachel Jimenez faces many surgeries and a long road to recovery.
DeKalb police Cmdr. Steve Lekkas said Kevin D. Taylor, 48, of the 600 block of Walnut Avenue, was driving a black Mustang north in the right lane of Peace Road near DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport when he lost control as he tried to pass another vehicle and hit Jimenez’s southbound Toyota.
According to a GoFundMe page set up for the family, Jimenez suffered many broken bones, damage to her colon and a back fracture.
Staff at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford said about 10 a.m. Monday that she still was in critical condition. The page states that Isaac suffered a broken collarbone and damage to his colon and was taken to Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital, and that Jimenez had surgeries Friday and Saturday. The most recent update to the page, by Sandy Williams-Johnson, said Jimenez “is stabilized and her vitals look good.”
Taylor was taken to Kishwaukee Hospital, as well.
The GoFundMe has already surpassed its $5,000 goal, bringing in more than $6,500 thanks to more than 125 donors.