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Accident victims need help

Thanksgiving for one Clearwater family was spent in a hospital this year after their pickup crashed into a pole in North Florida.

Now, with the family's baby boy still in the hospital recovering from a brain injury, relatives and friends are organizing a benefit concert in Dunedin to help pay some of the bills.

The concert, starting at noon Sunday at TJ's Main Street, will raise funds for Michael H. Eurbin, 25, Aimee L. Woodall, 23, and their 3-month-old son, Tanner D. Eurbin.

The family left Clearwater at 4 a.m. Nov. 22 and were headed to Alabama to spend Thanksgiving with Woodall's family when the accident happened in Jefferson County.

At 8:40 a.m., the family was heading west on State Road 20 in the inside lane when their truck veered onto the grass median, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Eurbin, who was driving, over corrected, causing the truck to spin across both westbound lanes and into a utility pole.

Baby Tanner, who was strapped into a car seat, suffered a head injury and was taken out of the intensive care unit at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, said Eurbin's sister, Anne Casteel, 28.

Tanner is recovering quickly, Casteel said, and has been taken off his respirator. She said his seizures have stopped and that he is breathing and drinking formula on his own.

Eurbin, who troopers say wasn't wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the truck. He was released from the hospital Tuesday, Casteel said. His injuries included a broken collar bone and rib and a punctured spleen. He also had to have staples and stitches. He doesn't remember the accident.

Woodall, who was sleeping while Eurbin drove the 2001 GMC pickup, suffered cuts and bruises.

"Even the tow truck driver said it was a miracle," Casteel said. "He's seen a lot of accidents and didn't think all three of them would have gotten out."

Tucker, the family's 3-pound Chihuahua, was found about 5 miles from the accident site and returned to his family four days later by the local SPCA.

The family has organized the benefit concert because Woodall stays at home to take care of Tanner and doesn't have health insurance. Eurbin works for his father's restoration company in Dunedin, A Better Cleaning Solution.

The family is thankful the trio is recovering from the injuries, Casteel said.

They hope Tanner will be out of the hospital next week.

"Everything has gone good so far with his recovery," Casteel said. "He's recovered quick."

Tamara El-Khoury can be reached at (727) 445-4181 or tel-khoury@sptimes.com.

IF YOU GO

How to help

WHAT: Benefit concert featuring local bands such as Ozona II, Third Wish and Big Deal. There will be free food and raffles to win prizes donated by local businesses.

WHEN: Noon to 11 p.m. Sunday.

WHERE: TJ's Main Street, 1433 Main St., Dunedin.

ADMISSION: Free.

For information or to make a donation, call Faye Eurbin at (727) 831-5179.

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