By E. CLARK
A local family is in need of assistance after being involved in a near-fatal vehicle collision in Vallejo last week.
The day before Thanksgiving, 31-year-old Amber Grimi, who was seven months pregnant at the time, was returning home after taking her husband to work around 6:30 a.m. She was driving near Mare Island Way and Kentucky Street in Vallejo when a motorist driving a 1996 Ford Explorer crossed a center median, rolled, and landed on top of Grimi’s 2000 Ford F-150.
Both Grimi and the other driver, a 52-year-old Vallejo man, were hospitalized with significant injuries. Grimi suffered a broken femur, broken wrist, head injuries, and had to undergo an emergency cesarean section due to an umbilical cord prolapse that cut off blood and oxygen flow to her baby.
The baby, a boy named Jameson, is now in stable condition and is expected to survive, but will be in the hospital approximately 10 weeks.
Police are trying to determine whether drugs, alcohol, vehicle speed or other conditions were factors in the crash.
Vallejo Police Lt. Michael Nichelini told Kron4 News that gross negligence is not suspected in the crash, but that the driver of the Ford Explorer “appears to be at fault.”
That driver was also uninsured, according to a social media post by Grimi’s family.
Now, the Grimi’s are in need of well wishes and financial assistance too, as they recover from the accident.
“If there was ever a family that needed help, this is it,” Martinez resident and Grimi family member David Nebout wrote on the Nextdoor website. “Amber grew up in Martinez and her sons attend John Muir Elementary. We, her family, are long time residents. Please keep Amber and her family in your thoughts and prayers.”
A GoFundMe account has been set up for Amber and Jameson, with a $55,000 goal to help the young family gain access to another vehicle, and help curb growing healthcare bills. About $4,285 had been raised as of Tribune deadline, and every donation counts.
To donate, visit www.gofundme.com and search “Help Amber and Jameson.”