Mother hit by alleged drunk driver gets van from stranger

The 31-year-old Dupo mom was flown to the hospital and is fighting to keep her legs working.

A mother of five may not walk for months after her car was hit by an alleged drunk driver in Dupo, Illinois.

Trina Welebob-O'Guinn was flown to St. Louis University Hospital with broken legs and ribs last Thursday. Noe, she's fighting to keep her legs working. She had her third surgery Thursday morning.

Trina's husband Tim described his wife as a kind and loving mother. He said it's hard to watch such a good person go through so much pain. The thought of her trapped in the vehicle and going through surgery brought him to tears.

The St. Clair County Sheriff's Office said O'Guinn was hit by an alleged drunk driver last Thursday night in the 2800 block of Stolle Road. 

O'Guinn told investigators she saw another car swerving before it hit her head on, crushing her legs and trapping her inside her vehicle.

The alleged drunk driver, 21-year-old Anthony Lopez Duran of New Baden, is charged with felony DUI. 

O'Guinn told investigators she could hear him leaving the scene of the crash when she was trapped inside the vehicle. Duran is being held at the St. Clair County Jail on a $65,000 bond.

In the meantime, O'Guinn's husband was trying to find ways to visit his wife. The crash wrecked his family's only vehicle.

After seeing this story Thursday night, a complete stranger stepped up with the gift of a van and $500.

Roger Roderick lost his leg to blood clots so he knows the anxiety Tim's wife, Trina, is going through.

Roderick met with Tim O'Guinn Friday night, giving him the gift of a new van and some money.

Roderick hopes the van will ease some of her worry.

"My heart went out to them and I wanted to do something to help them," Roderick said. "They can call me grandpa Roger, the kids, it doesn't matter to me. I feel blessed, and I believe that's what we're supposed to do. bless eachother on this earth."

Tim O'Guinn said he's just trying to take everything day-by-day. O'Guinn said it's too early to know if doctors are going to be able to save his wife's right foot, so there's no telling how many more surgeries she may have.

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(© 2017 KSDK)


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