Major accident injures couple; family requests local support
Last updated 6/15/2022 at 9:41am
Fountain Valley couple Justin Simshauser and Felicia Smith were in a horrific car accident at Powers Boulevard and Astrozon on Thursday. Both were injured, but Felicia's physical trauma is major. She was impaled by a piece of the car and underwent emergency surgery.
"We could use all the prayers and community support possible," said Tanya Gail Halterman, a cousin.
The two are residents of Widefield and graduates of Mesa Ridge High School.
Family and friends are raising support for the couple here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-after-life-changing-accident
Relatives say Felicia was riding in the passenger seat when the couple's vehicle was hit on her side.
"Justin was released [Thursday] night; Felicia will need to stay in the hospital for a long time," Felicia's cousin Tanya Halterman said. "They are really going to struggle with how extensive Felicia's injuries are. Any help would be greatly appreciated for this amazing, kind, caring couple."
Justin's sister, Katie Peterson, who is organizing the fundraiser said Felicia "had massive blood loss, has significant internal injuries, will be unable to walk for a while, has broken bones, and will need more surgeries in the future – just to name a few challenges. The trauma surgeon compared her soft tissue injuries to a shark bite."
Peterson noted Felicia may lose her new job because she hasn't been there long enough to qualify for FMLA or benefits.
"Please, donate if you can," she said. "Every little bit will ease a little bit of their stress. Thank you in advance for your donations and prayers. They are much needed."
Justin and Felicia have been together for 10 years and engaged since 2016.
"They are avid animal lovers and have five dogs," Halterman said. "Justin and Felicia both have amazing hearts and would do anything for anyone."
Justin works for GFL Trash Company, and Felicia just started a new job at a fertility clinic, Halterman said. Relatives worry about the impact this situation will have on the two, especially financially, but know that the family has a good support system.
"Justin and Felicia have an amazing relationship and have supported each other through some tough times," Halterman said. "They are in need of the community they have been a part of for most of their lives to help any way possible as Felicia is fighting in the ICU currently. They have an amazing family support system for both of them. Felicia's family has been in the Fountain area for many generations."