Jason Elihue Millsaps is facing surgeries and months of hospitalization after he was injured in a crash Sunday.
Millsaps’ father, Joey, said his 23-year-old son has undergone five surgeries since Sunday. He said his son’s spleen has been removed, that he has broken bones in his legs, arms and pelvis and suffered damage to his small bowel.
The crash happened Sunday on Old Wilkesboro and Bradley Farm roads, said Master Trooper Jeffrey Swagger of the N.C. Highway Patrol.
Swagger said a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado pickup, operated by Kathy Woods Bostic, 66, of Statesville, was turning left onto Bradley Farm Road from Old Wilkesboro and turned into the path of a 2014 TaoTao scooter, operated by Millsaps.
The impact threw Millsaps from the scooter. Millsaps’ mother, Tina Parker, said the force of the impact knocked Jason’s shoes off his feet.
Millsaps was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem.
His father said Jason has undergone multiple surgeries since Sunday and faces more in the months to come. He said Jason regained consciousness Wednesday but is still on a ventilator. The sight of his son awakening, Millsaps said, is a big relief.
“It’s been hard for sure,” he said. “I was glad to see him open his eyes and communicate a little bit.”
Millsaps added doctors estimate that Jason will be in the hospital for several months, with more surgeries and physical therapy to be expected. As for next steps, Millsaps wants to figure out a way to accept donations from those concerned for his family; he said he’s been contacted by plenty of people wanting to help.
“He’s got a lot of people praying for him” Joey remarked.
Swagger said Millsaps was wearing a helmet.
Charges against Bostic are pending, Swagger said.