CALVERT COUNTY, Md. – Calvert County Sheriff’s Deputy Samantha Stevens faces a long road to recovery after a head-on crash on rain-slicked roads Monday.
The 22-year-old officer was responding to a burglary in progress when the sheriff’s office said she apparently lost control of her cruiser and collided with a passenger van on Broomes Island Road. Both Stevens and the driver of the van, April Lee Lyons, were critically injured.
Deputy Steven’s cousin, Justin Weaver said she’s improving a little today and was just removed from intubation. However, she faces a long road to recovery. Weaver said she’s already had one surgery and will likely need more. That’s why he’s launched a GoFundMe to help pay for her medical expenses.
The young deputy had her eye on a law enforcement career since her days at Huntingtown High School where she was part of the criminal justice program. She was sworn in as a Calvert County Deputy earlier this year.
Weaver said, “She’s a very, caring, very loving person. It serves her well for the line of work she’s in.” He said Samantha has a large family, including a twin sister, who are unable to be at her side due to COVID-19 restrictions.
However, he said her colleagues with the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office have not left her side for a moment. A deputy has been outside her door since she was admitted.
Despite his cousin’s serious injuries, Weaver said he know she’ll battle back. “She’ll pull through. She’s very strong. She’s a motivated person. She’s going to be able to get through this.”
Weaver understands the medical issues his cousin faces. The 23-year-old EMT was in a serious accident himself earlier this year.
He said all money raised will go to aid Deputy Steven’s medical and recovery expenses. “She is an amazing woman who got into law enforcement to help others. She had no problem putting her life on the line for the chance to save another.” Weaver said community service is a family tradition. “ All of our family is very involved in the community in some way shape or form.”
You can follow this link to learn more about the GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/26fnqzik00
April Lee Lyons also faces a long road to recovery. She broke both femur bones in the accident. Her husband shared an update online. “They will be putting in titanium rods and screws this morning and then the long road to recovery can begin. I will share updates once she gets through surgery today. We love and appreciate all of the support. Lord knows we will be needing it for a while.”