Roger Avants Grandson Injured In Car Crash

Dallas Dean

This was posted by Karrie, Roger Avants’ daughter.

It was just brought to my attention

Thought an update on FB would be a good way to get information to everyone. For those who do not know and those who have questions……
Our oldest son, Dallas was involved in a car accident late Monday (Nov. 21) night. His injuries included; internal bleeding, a broken and dislocated sternum, and a fractured spine with spinal cord damage. The bleed was cotorized and the blood continues to be drained away from his left lung. He had surgery to stabilize his spinal cord, yesterday. The damaged vertebrae were T6 and T7. They fused three vertebrae above and three below. He has six bolts and two titanium rods attached to his spine. Today he is scheduled for surgery to repair his sternum. He will have a metal X plate across the joint to secure it. As for the spinal cord damage… is too soon to know what the extent is. As of right now, he can not move or feel anything from his chest down. We may not know the full scope of this for a couple of weeks. A few important things to know…..he is still with us! He is actually very lucky to be honest (so are we😁). He had no head trauma, he can still move his head, neck and arms. We will gladly take those miracles and hope and pray for more. Dallas is currently in ICU but we will let you know when he is moved and can have more visitors. I will continue to update as I can.

Nov 23, 2016
Dallas’s surgery to fix his sternum went well. He is still in ICU. His heart rate is fluctuating between normal and high. He has also been running a fever since last night….low grade. They are monitoring him closely and giving some meds to steady the heart rate. We found out today that his heart and lungs are bruised as well. Hoping he can rest tonight.
Our family wishes you all a wonderful, heart warming Thanksgiving. Clear your heart of petty nonsense and be thankful for all of the blessings in your life. Thank you all for the loving thoughts and prayers. Our hearts are filled with love and joy.

Nov 25, 2016
Here is the update for today….His chest tube can not come out until he starts coughing. He has fluid in his left lung and still has a fever. Pretty sure the fever is from all of the trauma. We met with a liaison from Craig Rehab today. He will be transferred to Craig as soon as his lungs are healthy! We are very excited…that is the best place for him to rehab.
Remember, there is a GoFund page set up to help with Medical expenses. Please help if you can.


  1. Here is the link to the go fund page if you can help.

    Dallas Dean is an amazing, wonderful, stubborn 17 year old boy who is ridiculously loved. On 11/22, he was in a car accident in which he broke his back. It’s a miracle that he survived. Friends, family, and an awesome community of people, have gathered around him and asked, “What can we do to help?”

    So, if you have a little that you can give, his family would be so grateful. Of course, it’s the holiday season and it’s hard to find a little extra this time of year. Even a small donation would be very helpful to Dallas and his family in this difficult time. More than just funds to help them with his long hospital stay, the community that has rallied around them is a beautiful sight to see, and a shining light in this tough time. They are so grateful to all the people who have offered to help in any way they can.

    We don’t know a lot about Dallas’s condition right now. They don’t know if he will walk again, and they don’t know what will happen tomorrow. But the sense of love and community surrounding this family are giving them the strength to keep going, to take this one day at a time.

    Thank you, even if all you can give are good thoughts and well wishes. Every one of you is so appreciated for rallying around this wonderful family. Our hearts and thoughts go out to Dallas and his family!
    Help spread the word!