Benefit account established for C.P. man hurt in crash last month

2013-11-05T19:30:00Z 2013-11-05T22:53:07Z Benefit account established for C.P. man hurt in crash last monthSusan Erler, (219) 662-5336
November 05, 2013 7:30 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | A Crown Point man remained hospitalized this week from injuries he suffered in a head-on collision Oct. 26 at the intersection of 113th Avenue and Broadway.

Donald Kirk, 48, has not awoken since the crash, said his wife, Dawn Kirk. He is being treated for his injuries at an Illinois hospital, where he is listed in critical but stable condition.

A benefit account has been established in Donald Kirk's name at Citizens Financial Bank, officials there said.

Donald Kirk had picked up the couple's twin sons Oct. 26 from an overnight church camp in Winfield and was headed home with them when the crash occurred just after 4 p.m., said Dawn Kirk, 46.

Donald Kirk was driving north on Broadway when a southbound pickup truck driven by Michael Gartner, 32, of Crown Point, crossed the center line and collided with Kirk's sedan just north of 113th Avenue, police said.

Gartner died from blunt force trauma suffered in the crash, authorities said. Kirk was taken to Franciscan St. Anthony Health hospital in Crown Point and then airlifted to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill.

Julius and Max Kirk, both 15, were hospitalized overnight and released, Dawn Kirk said. The couple's two other children, ages 17 and 13, were not in the car.

A police investigation into the crash is ongoing, Crown Point Police Chief Pete Land said Tuesday.

The family hasn't recovered from the shock of the crash, Dawn Kirk said.

"I'm still in a state of terror and numbness," she said.

She and her husband of nearly 17 years are best friends, Dawn Kirk said.

"We're crazy about each other," she said.

Donald Kirk is a U.S. Army veteran who served in Desert Storm, she said. He has been employed for 21 years as a technician at Team Industrial Inc.

The family faces a struggle to maintain household finances in the wake of the wreck, Dawn Kirk said.

A benefit account in Donald Kirk's name has been set up at Citizens Financial Bank, with branches throughout Northwest Indiana. Donations can be made at any branch by asking for the account set up in Donald Kirk's name, a bank representative said.

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