Dayton Rallies Behind Hospitalized Girl

By: Daniel Chanin Email
By: Daniel Chanin Email

DAYTON, NV - Seven-year-old Lindsay Davidson is still in critical, but stable condition. An uninsured driver hit her in her hometown of Dayton last Saturday. Now, the entire community is rallying behind her and her family.

It all started with a little spare change and an amazing effort by a parent-teacher organization at the Dayton Elementary School, where Davidson is currently enrolled int he second grade.

The community is trying to raise enough money to cover the seven-year-old's medical bills, which her father estimates will be at least six figures.

"I've heard a lot of students coming in and withdrawing from their piggy banks," says Cory Sandberg, the school's principal. "It shows what kind of community we do have here."

There's a jar filled with coins in every classroom at Dayton Elementary. Booster president Kadee Mason set up the fundraiser on Monday, after hearing that a van struck Davidson when she was walking across a marked crosswalk on Saturday morning.

"I just thought it was a great way to get the entire school involved," says Mason. "And from there, it evolved into the entire community; all three elementary schools; as well as the high school in town."

The jars are also in Smith's grocery store and other businesses around town.

The coins dropping into buckets everywhere are a reminder of how a community can rally together when it's needed most, but Sandberg says the ultimate reward will come when Lindsay completely recovers.

"I had just seen Lindsay on Friday, says Sandberg. "And she is just the sweetest little girl. And we're all very sad and just wishing her a quick recovery."

Davidson's family tells Kolo-8 there are signs that she is improving. An MRI shows no broken brain cells However, it's still too early to tell if she will have any brain damage.

Lindsay is still unconscious, but not in a coma, because she is showing some signs of voluntary movement.

The highway patrol is investigating the crash. An officer tells Kolo-8, he's still awaiting test results to see if the driver was under the influence at the time.. Right now, the only thing the driver will likely be cited for is failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

The school is holding a pasta feed fundraiser for the Davidson family on Friday at 4 p.m.


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