Juneau resident Ajah Rose Bishop, 21, suffered severe spinal injuries in a single-vehicle accident early Saturday morning. (GoFundMe fundraiser photo)

Juneau resident Ajah Rose Bishop, 21, suffered severe spinal injuries in a single-vehicle accident early Saturday morning. (GoFundMe fundraiser photo)

Woman breaks spine in single-vehicle collision on Egan Drive early Saturday morning

21-year-old Juneau resident medivaced to Anchorage, online fundraising effort underway.

A 21-year-old woman broke her spine in two places and was medivaced to Anchorage when the truck she was driving went off the road on Egan Drive near Old Dairy Road early Saturday morning, according to the Juneau Police Department and the organizer of an online fundraising effort on her behalf.

“Our sweet girl, Ajah Rose Bishop, was in a terrible car accident,” wrote Jamie Bradley, organizer of a GoFundMe campaign created Sunday. The post states “she broke her spine in two places & was medivaced to Anchorage. She may also have bleeding in her brain, but they are waiting until she is stronger to do any surgery. Our family knows she will have a long road to recovery, and we want to make sure finances are not one of Ajah’s worries. We appreciate your support and donations of any amount. Any money donated will go towards Ajah’s bills and any other expenses that may arise.”

A press release issued by JPD on Monday states the department was notified at 2:53 a.m. of “a red truck driving erratically on Egan Drive.”

“About 3 minutes later, the truck went into the ditch and crashed Egan outbound prior to the Old Dairy Road intersection.” states the release, which does not name Bishop. “When JPD officers arrived on scene they found that the truck had sheared off a light pole, rolled and the cab of the truck had separated from the frame. The 21 year old female driver of the red 1997 Ford truck sustained visible abrasions and lacerations but was conscious.”

There were no passengers in the truck. Bishop was taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital for evaluation and then medivaced to Anchorage.

“The truck was totaled, impounded and towed from the scene,” the JPD release notes. “The case is under investigation.”

As of about 9 a.m. Tuesday a total of 40 donors had contributed $3,645 to the GoFundMe campaign.

• Contact Mark Sabbatini at mark.sabbatini@juneauempire.com or (907) 957-2306.

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