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Family and friends want Tyler Good home from the hospital, but until then, they are seeking monetary support to help the young Newton man.
Good, 20, was in an accident with two friends, which resulted in a fatality.
According to Good's aunt Linette "Binky" Rowe, he is in a coma at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Rowe said Good has swelling in his brain, and doctors are unsure of the extent of brain damage Good might have.
Rowe said herself, along with other family members, were going to Carolinas Medical Center daily after the accident, but funds started to get tight as gas prices continue to rise.
"We are trying to get more money to get back to the hospital, take care of his Dad and just about everything that needs to be done," Rowe said, adding Good does not have medical insurance.
Good was driving a Mitsubishi Eclipse at 3:48 a.m. April 26 when he lost control of his car, flipped and hit a tree on Mt. Beulah Road in Sherrills Ford. Also in the car with Good was passenger 17-year-old Jordan Bone, of Sherrills Ford, and back-seat passenger Michael Brandon Davis, 18, of Denver.
Bone died on the scene. Davis was ejected from the vehicle and transported to CMC in Charlotte in stable condition. Davis was released from CMC on the night of April 26.
Family and friends are organizing a benefit auction for noon May 21 at Neal Auction Co., 2384 N.C. 16 South in Newton. Some items included are furniture, gift cards to salons, restaurants and car services, as well as NASCAR items.
Kevin Neal, owner of Neal Auction Co., said he will house any donated items at the facility until its time for benefit auction.
"We opened this business to help people in need," Neal said. "It's not just about what we can put in their pockets. It is what we can do for a lot of people."
Neal said his auction company was a place Good visited often because it's near his home.
"We want to assist a family in need," Neal said. "We can take 5 or 6 hours and help any way we can."
Neal was also asking clients at a recent auction to donate at least a $5-item for Good's benefit auction.
Anyone wishing to donate may call (828) 302-5272 or take items to Neal Auction Co.
"To me, he's just a kid that needs help regardless of the situation he's in," Rowe said. "We need prayers more than anything, too. We hope he benefits a lot out of the items at the auction."