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Community supports crash victims


A dinner and dance this Saturday will benefit two La Vernia residents injured in a traffic accident last fall.

Mandy Lambert Keil and Dustin “Dusty” Buckley were severely injured in a crash Oct. 17 on F.M. 2772. Both sustained numerous injuries and were transported by air to University Hospital in San Antonio.

Mandy and Dusty both underwent several surgeries; they continue their recoveries and are now in wheelchairs.

Dusty, a La Vernia High School graduate, broke his pelvis and femur, and also had a clot in one of his veins. He stayed in the hospital for three weeks. He received an X-brace for his pelvis, pins and screws in his leg and pelvis, a rod in his femur, and a filter in his vein.

Unable to walk or stand, Buckley said he now is dealing with limits he did not face before the accident.

“I’m frustrated because I am so limited in what I can do,” he said.

Mandy’s femur was broken in five places and she suffered a fractured tibia and fibula, a detached pelvis, and several ruptured organs. She spent more than two months in the hospital receiving treatment.

Due to her extensive hospital stay, the mother of Nathan, 13, and Skyler, 11, lost her job and had to be away from her family.

She said the hardest part of everything was her family being displaced. She added that her husband, La Vernia police officer Donald Keil, has been a big help.

“He has been phenomenal,” Mandy said.

She also is grateful for the help provided by the officers of the La Vernia Police Department, all of whom donated their time off to Donald so he could be with her at the hospital.

And she remains thankful for her mother’s help, and the support of the community.

Since she is in a wheelchair, Mandy has not been able to cook. Community members have been delivering dinner every night to her home. Many also have offered to help watch her children.

Dusty also is grateful to the community and his parents, Trudi and Bubba, who have been so supportive throughout the ordeal.

The two still have a long road to recovery ahead of them. Their next step is starting physical therapy.

Dusty will begin his therapy soon and should be able to walk unaided in about six to eight weeks, he said. Mandy will undergo physical therapy in New Braunfels; she said she should be able to bear weight by February.

A benefit sponsored by the La Vernia Little League for Mandy and Dusty will take place Saturday, Jan. 18, at the La Vernia Chamber of Commerce Hall. The proceeds will go toward their medical expenses.

Mandy said she is very humbled and proud to be a part of a community doing this for other members of the community.

Keil & Buckley Benefit

The La Vernia Little League will host a benefit Saturday, Jan. 18, at the La Vernia Chamber of Commerce Hall.

Tickets are $20 pre-sale or $25 at the door; admission is free for children 10 and under. Pre-sale tickets and T-shirts are available at the La Vernia Spirit Shop.

Doors open at 4 p.m., with dinner served from 4:30- 6:30 p.m. Kid’s plates will be sold at the door for $10. A live auction will take place from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

The dance is from 8 p.m. to midnight, with live music from “The Toman Brothers.”

For more information, call Deanna Gregory at 210-413-3498.

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