On a dark night on December 7, 2012, Timmothy Lang of Lake Stevens was driving down Highway 9 near Frontier Village when a Subaru crossed the yellow line hitting his Chevy Avalanche truck head on.
It took firefighters almost 30 minutes to pull Lang out of his vehicle. The driver of the Subaru, 27-year-old Tyler Martel died at the scene, his passenger, his fiancé Stephanie Proffit, died a few days later at the hospital.
The accident was one of the worst many of the responding firefighters had ever witnessed.
Brandon Mauer, a Lake Stevens Firefighter from Station 82, told reporter Mark Horner that, “it was the worst crash scene he’d ever seen.”
Investigators aren’t sure why Martel crossed the double yellow line that night and Lang holds no contempt for him.
Lang had the opportunity to meet the first responders who saved his life that night. On February 5, 2013, Lang and his parents stopped by Station 82 and brought homemade cupcakes and a poster thanking the firefighters for all they did to save him.
“I was nervous going to the fire station and once I went through the doors and saw all the guys standing at attention around the room looking at me I felt the ‘on the spot’ feeling,” Lang said. “But once we started talking the feeling quickly turned to gratefulness and happiness. Meeting those guys and connecting with them was an honor.”
Lang never had any doubt that this day would come. His parents had raised him to be grateful for what he had.
“It was important because my parents really engrained into me to say my please and thank yous. They helped save my life, I just knew it was the right thing to do,” Lang said.
Lang is still healing from the injuries he sustained that evening including internal bleeding, lacerations on the spleen and liver, a broken pelvis, shoulder, arm, jaw, ulna and vertebrae to name a few.
Lang was in Harborview Medical Hospital for 15 days and endured four surgeries and countless x-rays.
“My body is steadily healing, I can now walk with a cane and I’m regaining my strength, flexibility and weight. The scars are fading, doctors say the bones are healing nicely and the physical therapists are all smiles. I still need a tooth implant, gum repair, chiropractic help, and maybe cognitive therapy,” Lang explained.
Dozens of people have helped Lang in his road to recovery and he is grateful for every bit of that help. He is especially grateful to have his parents by his side through this whole ordeal.
“I would tell my family that it’s an honor to be a member of their family and that we are a good example of a family that does what it’s supposed to do, love one another, take care of each other and support each other,” he said. “I have been helped by people, friends and family from around the world. People are good-hearted, loving and caring. I have noticed that Lake Stevens is a really good community of people.”
Needless to say the medical bills are adding up quickly and insurance doesn’t cover all of them so the Langs and their friends are holding a fundraiser on April 13 at the Cactus Moon Saloon at 717 128th St. SW, A116 in Everett. There will be a silent auction and anyone can donate to the Timmothy Lang Fund at Whidbey Island Bank.
Donations are being accepted for the silent auction by Lang’s mother, Tracey by calling 360-657-2555 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.