EUGENE, Ore. — Ten days ago, Lane County Deputy Drew Wattier and his wife. Michelle, were involved in a hit-and-run crash outside their hotel in Mexico. While they’re recovering, there is a lot left to do.
The Wattiers’ friends and family say the past 10 days have been long, but they have to remember that this is only the beginning of a very complicated road ahead for both Drew, Michelle and their loved ones.
Drew and Michelle Wattier both work right around the corner from Full City Coffee. Baristas say the couple and their co-workers frequent the downtown cafe often and there was even more traffic Monday as the coffee shop joined in raising money for the recovering couple.
“We’ve had many many people come in today, who we see from time to time, but made a special effort of coming down today to show their support for these guys,” said Michael Phinney, Full City Owner.
And that seems to be the case, not only at Full City, but at CourtSports last week, International Fitness and Track Town Pizza coming up, even Ninkasi.
The Eugene Emeralds are pitching in by selling special ticket packages and donating 100 percent of the proceeds to the Wattiers’ medical fund.
Who knows if it’s Drew’s work with the Lane County Sheriff’s Office or the couple’s signature sweet nature, but the community has confirmed these two are loved and they won’t go through this alone.
“I just think that they’re the type of people that bring a response from other people. They care about people, they’re very active in the community, and seeing the community step up and, even if they don’t know them, say I’m going down to Full City today, that’s a big deal,” said Cybelle White, a friend of the Wattiers.
White says the struggle isn’t just to garner this original support, but to keep it coming as the couple faces a very uncertain future.
“We have no idea. There’s no way to know with these kinds of injuries how long, what we’re preparing for, what the family is going to be dealing with. It’s a lot of damage, and they have a long long road ahead of them,” White said.
Doctors say Michelle and Drew are currently in critical but stable condition at UC San Diego. They’re both still sedated and scheduled for multiple more surgeries.
Here is a list of fundraisers you can take part in and ways you can help:
12/13: Track Town Pizza Fundraiser
12/19: Papa’s Pizza (All Eugene locations)
More fundraisers are in the works. Check the Facebook page link above for the most up-to-date information.