Layne Pelechytik, of Lacombe, remains in care at University of Alberta Hospital, with his wife Carrie by his side. (Photo from GoFundMe)

Lacombe man severely injured in three-vehicle crash

Man is long-time equipment operator for the City of Red Deer roads department

It could take at least a year for a Lacombe man to recover from his injuries caused by a vehicle collision in late February.

Carrie Pelechytik said her husband Layne was about two km north of Blackfalds, heading south on Hwy 2A, when his car was struck head-on by a northbound vehicle at about 6:45 a.m. on Feb. 28.

Blackfalds RCMP said the driver of the northbound vehicle appeared to have lost control and went into the oncoming lane. The vehicle struck the back end of a southbound vehicle, that ended up on its side, before hitting Layne’s vehicle. Jaws of life were needed to free Layne.

The driver of the northbound vehicle was also injured. The crash is still under investigation by police.

Pelechytik said her husband “has got broken bones everywhere.”

He underwent surgery for about seven hours to fix his hip and still needs surgery for his crushed heel.

“He’s full of plates and screws in that hip. He has lacerations on his head, a broken rib, broken sternum. His heart was bruised. His lung had a small tear. His liver and his spleen has lacerations,” said Pelechytik from Edmonton where Layne, 42, is receiving treatment at University of Alberta Hospital.

Pelechytik said Layne, a long-time equipment operator for the City of Red Deer roads department, is not even allowed to sit up at this point.

“It’s been pretty rough for the first couple of weeks. He’s got good pain control now. He’s kind of settled,” said Pelechytik who has been living at an Edmonton hotel to stay close to her husband. Initially she was able to spend a few days at the University of Alberta Hospital outpatient dorm.

Once surgery is complete, he will be transferred to a hospital closer to home where he will require rehabilitation.

“We have no idea what the future holds at this point.”

A friend of the family started a GoFundMe account at — —that has raised $7,575 as of Monday.

Pelechytik, who is an optical dispenser at Lacombe Vision Centre and helps out at her family’s farm The Saskatoon Orchard, said her family has been well taken care of on every front.

“I don’t think we have the words to express how grateful we are to everybody that has rallied around us and supported us. Just the continual encouragement day in, day out. It’s just blown us away.”

The Pelechytiks have three children.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Red Deer Players perform original script readings to widen membership

Theatre group still plans to stage a full fall production

Photo: Sunshine means open umbrellas at Ross Street Patio

Red Deer’s downtown public patio is open for the season

B.C. sues Alberta over bill that could ‘turn oil taps off’

Lawsuit is the latest move in the two provinces’ ongoing feud over the Kinder Morgan pipeline

Five people charged in drug investigation

Red Deer RCMP seize drugs and guns

WATCH: Ellis Bird Farm open for summer

There is something magical about the Ellis Bird Farm located outside of… Continue reading

Black bear kills dog that jumped out car window in Jasper National Park

JASPER, Alta. — A black bear is being watched in Jasper National… Continue reading

Watch: Videos of two shrieking lynx posted by Ontario couple go viral

An Ontario man who shot a viral video of two lynx shrieking… Continue reading

Royal wedding sermon on ‘love’ was about more than the marriage of Harry and Meghan

The sermon delivered at Saturday’s royal wedding was about the love shared… Continue reading

That ‘American Idol’ season finale twist was a stroke of evil genius

So now that “American Idol” airs on a Disney property … was… Continue reading

Rare tiger cub dies at N.B. zoo after being born with health issues

MONCTON, N.B. — Staff at a New Brunswick zoo are mourning the… Continue reading

Toronto Maple Leafs lose Lamoriello, Hunter as executives leave roles

TORONTO — The fallout from the Toronto Maple Leafs’ front office reshuffle… Continue reading

The ‘King of the Commode’ seeks an heir to his thrones

ALAMO HEIGHTS, Texas — FOR SALE: One tiny kingdom, with many thrones.… Continue reading

School victims honoured at Billboard Awards; Janet, BTS shine

The 2018 Billboard Music Awards paid tribute to the students and teachers… Continue reading

Most Read

Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month