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Community steps up to help following accident

Sylvia Monroe has spent the past eight months recovering from an accident, but after undergoing seven surgeries, she still has one more ahead of her.

The 24-year-old Gloucester resident, a Mathews High School graduate, was in a car accident last July that almost caused the loss of her left arm. The Mathews community is stepping up to help out with her expenses, with a fundraiser scheduled for May 2.

Monroe said she was traveling on Route 14 to go to her job at a bank in Kilmarnock when she came up suddenly on a truck towing a trailer with no brake lights that was stopped in the middle of the road. She swerved to avoid the trailer, but hit it and over-corrected, flipping her car over. Her left forearm got pinned under her car and she suffered an injury that tore away the muscles and tendons. She also suffered a minor concussion.

After the accident, Monroe said a good Samaritan, Ginger Hogge, came to her car to help her and to stay with her until the rescue squad arrived.“She p...

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