Family who lost home Macomb Twp. semi crash needs service van for son with cerebral palsy

Posted at 4:18 PM, Apr 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-26 17:45:47-04

MACOMB TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) — When an Ajax Asphalt semi blew a tire and crashed into a house on Wednesday afternoon on 26 Mile and Omo Road, it took out a lifeline for the Watson family. The van was driven by Dean Watson who nearly died in the crash.

“My brother Dean was very close to death in the accident. Inches,” said his sister Dawn Green.

The van was needed for Barb Watson to drive her other son, Robbie, to the memorial service for his grandfather, Jim “Red” Beattie, a World War Two Vet who died this month at age 95. Robbie has Cerebral Palsy.

“He needs to be there. Rob doesn’t talk or walk but he knows more than we give him credit for,” Barb said.

Barb went to Bill MacDonald Ford in St. Clair and rented a service van. 7 Action News Reporter Jim Kiertzner called them, told them the backstory, and Bill MacDonald Ford is now the hero providing them the van for the weekend. Problem solved for now. But they still need to get Robbie to therapy once a week and other appointments.

They don’t know if their van can be fixed or when they’ll get insurance money. They called Ajax this morning and got the runaround.

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