Trussville man injured in freak accident returns home, GoFundMe set up for medical expenses
By Hannah Curran, Editor-in-Chief
TRUSSVILLE — After a weekend crash at the Alabama International Dragway in Steele that seriously injured a Trussville resident, Charles Snider is home and beginning his recovery process.
Charles has always loved drag racing, whether it’s racing or spectating. Charles’ wife, Evelyn Snider, said he plans to return to the driver’s seat after he recovers.
“His [racing] the truck is currently not in working order, but he eats, sleeps and enjoys drag racing; it’s his absolute passion, so he’ll be back,” Evelyn said. “When it’s all healed up he’ll be back in the driver’s seat, but for now he’s going to be at home.”
Evelyn said the whole experience was “overwhelming and humbling”.
On Saturday April 30, Charles attended the race event as a spectator to support other runners.
“Someone needed help under the vehicle, and he was helping her,” Evelyn said. “Then the car was knocked off the candles and landed on him and his friend.”
Chad McDonald, 41, of Talladega, was under the vehicle with Charles, and unfortunately he lost his life when the car fell on top of them.
“HWe were like my husband, so generous and kind and ready to help anyone,” Evelyn said. “They were just trying to help.”
Charles said McDonald was the kind of person you could talk to for five minutes, and it was “like you’ve known him forever.”
Evelyn said that after the car fell, she continued to back up with them underneath, rolling her husband across the floor “like a rolling pin”.
“He managed to find an opportunity to get out from under the car,” Evelyn said. “Actually, I was at work and he called me on the phone, but he couldn’t tell me anything except that he was injured. Then someone picked up the phone and told me what was going on.
Charles supported four back-to-spine fractures, a collapsed lung, a broken sternum, a broken collarbone, and multiple broken and fractured ribs.
“He has several spots like a rash and only minor areas, but the major issues are the broken bones he suffered from,” Evelyn said.
Doctors initially told Charles he would be in hospital for seven to ten days, but he was allowed to go home after three days.
“The last days felt like a year,” Evelyn said. “He’s really tired, he’s on pretty serious painkillers because of his serious injuries, but he’s fine. He’s, surprisingly, his normal self. He’s got his sense of humor and he jokes around with everyone. We had many visitors and we are very grateful to the people who reached out and helped.
Evelyn said several of her clients from work donated money to help her husband, and they weren’t the only ones.
“WWe had a lot of people asking us how they could help,” Evelyn said. “We kind of had a humbling moment where we realized we were going to need some help.”
Charles has a long road to recovery ahead of him. Evelyn said it could take a year because things are starting to get back to normal.
“They told us it’s gonna take six to 12 months just for things to get back to normal,” Evelyn said. “Even after that he will need some continuous things just to make sure everything is as it should be. He already has appointments with the orthopedist and the spinal doctor, and there is a lot of follow-up.
During this time, he will not be able to work and will need home care and therapy.
The Sniders launched a GoFundMe account to help pay for Charles’ medical bills. They have already raised $3,910 of the $5,000 goal.