A Raytown father was critically injured in a crash with a Jackson County deputy who was pursuing a different vehicle on Wednesday.
The father, Chris Reed, is suffering from a spinal injury and broken clavicle. He's had more than a hundred stitches and staples to his head and may lose part of his right ear, according to a family friend, who established a GoFundMe page for Reed and his family.
The Jackson County Sheriff's deputy was also seriously injured in the crash, which was preceded by a pursuit of a vehicle allegedly with switched tags.
The GoFundMe for Reed has raised nearly $2,000 of a $100,000 goal.
Reed "has made some movements and is expected to have nothing less than a challenging recovery," wrote Rel Everhart. She created the GoFundMe on Wednesday.
"They do not know what rehabilitation he will need until he wakes up. ... He's still in there and he's still fighting."
Reed is a father of four.
The crash happened about 1:30 a.m. by the QuikTrip near Blue Parkway/Missouri 350 Highway and East Gregory Boulevard in Raytown.
According to a Missouri Highway Patrol crash report, Reed was not wearing a seat belt. In a second GoFundMe page created for Reed and his family, another friend wrote Reed was ejected from his vehicle.
"They had to go in for surgery to relieve bleeding on the brain," wrote Amber Rauscher. In an update Thursday night, she wrote that Reed remains unable to breathe on his own.
A wallet with cash for the family's rent bill was lost in the wreck, the friends wrote.
Everhart also posted about Reed on Facebook, imploring the community to donate household items as well as dog food for Reed's two pets.
"What do you say Raytown? Can we help one of our own in need?" she wrote.