SHERBURNE – The charity organization Lights for Tikes is spreading the Christmas spirit through its annual holiday attraction at 11 Church Street in Sherburne from Nov. 29 at 5:30 p.m. through Dec. 29 at 9:30 p.m. Donations collected by Lights for Tikes this holiday season will be used for Megan Viera, a Sherburne teen who suffered severe injuries after being in a car accident.
Megan Viera was a passenger in a two-car accident on August 8 in Eaton. Viera was a passenger of Cody M. Smith’s vehicle, one of the cars in the accident. Smith was driving south on Cole Rd. with three passengers and failed to stop at the intersection where Cole Rd. and State Route 26 meet. Smith’s car was struck by Sarah E. Rickey’s, 49, Iowa City, Iowa, vehicle heading north on State Route 26. All five people in the accident had injuries and went to the hospital, but Viera was in the most serious condition.
Viera was airlifted by helicopter to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse. She was 18 years old at the time of the accident and had just graduated from high school a few months before. She endured a traumatic brain injury as a result of the accident.
“They removed part of the right side of Megan’s skull to relieve pressure,” said Rick Crowell, founder and organizer of Lights for Tikes. “She just started talking last week. She could not speak up until then. It was exciting, because you could tell she was frustrated with not being able to communicate. I was jumping up and down in church when I heard the news.”