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Stratford Comes To Aid Of Man Hurt By Fallen Tree On Parkway

Chris Scofield, center, was injured last week after a van he was riding in was hit by a tree on the Wilbur Cross Parkway during a windstorm.
Chris Scofield, center, was injured last week after a van he was riding in was hit by a tree on the Wilbur Cross Parkway during a windstorm. Photo Credit: Contributed
A tree fell on a vehicle on the Wilbur Cross Parkway southbound near the Derby/Orange Exit 58. Injuries were reported, and extrication was needed.
A tree fell on a vehicle on the Wilbur Cross Parkway southbound near the Derby/Orange Exit 58. Injuries were reported, and extrication was needed. Photo Credit: Connecticut State Police
A tree fell on a vehicle on the Wilbur Cross Parkway southbound near the Derby/Orange Exit 58. Injuries were reported, and extrication was needed.
A tree fell on a vehicle on the Wilbur Cross Parkway southbound near the Derby/Orange Exit 58. Injuries were reported, and extrication was needed. Photo Credit: Connecticut State Police

STRATFORD, Conn. -- Chris Scofield would rather be giving than receiving help from his Stratford community.

"This is very uncomfortable for us," his wife wrote on a GoFundMe campaign she set up to help raise money for his medical expenses. Chris Scofield and his business partner were in a serious car accident on March 2 when a tree fell onto the company van while they were traveling on Wilbur Cross Parkway.

Scofield is in the trauma unit at Yale New-Haven Hospital and has had one surgery. He faces possibly two more surgeries and at least two months in the hospital, then four to six weeks more at a rehabilitation facility.

He can't go home sooner because they live in a third-floor walkup apartment.

Lisa Scofield said that when she visited her husband at Yale, he told her, "This life of ours is more than you signed up for. I don't want you to have to carry this burden again."

"It broke my heart that that is where he is at right now, but I promised him that I could carry this burden 20 times over if I had to," she said on the web page.

The couple's two young sons are "confused and scared one minute, then OK the next."

The GoFundeMe has raised $6,145 to date.

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