Owner of Lynde Motorsports in serious condition after motorcycle crash
BRATTLEBORO — The owner of Lynde Motorsports, on Flat Street, is being treated for serious injuries at the Albany, N.Y., Medical Center and his family is asking for support.
A crowdfunding page was set up at gofundme.com/stanley-and-laura-lynde by Stanley Lynde's daughter, Kelli Lynde Worden.
"I did it really quickly because other people were talking about it," she said. "I felt like we had to get it out there right away."
Lynde and his wife, Laura D'Angelo, who were riding a motorcycle Monday night, were struck by a pick-up truck traveling north on Route 5. Westminster Fire Chief Cole Streeter told the Reformer the driver of the truck turned on to Westminster Street and cut in front of the motorcycle, which was traveling south.
Lynde was flown from the scene by Albany MedFlight. D'Angelo was at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., on Tuesday, according to Worden.
During the interview, Worden was not yet ready to share the extent of her father's injuries.
"It's going to be a long road for him for sure," she said, talking to the Reformer while at the hospital with her father's two brothers who came up from Brattleboro to be by his side. "It's pretty serious and honestly, it's ever changing. They're just trying to keep him stable now and move forward with surgeries as needed."
Two surgeries were happening on Tuesday "that are very much needed," Worden said. She lives in Syracuse, N.Y.
Worden said she received many messages from Lynde's friends to set up the GoFundMe page, which seeks to raise $20,000 for the couple.
"I'm hoping it reaches its goal and surpasses," she said, "because it's going to be a very long time before he's working again."
While Lynde does have health insurance, Worden was unsure how much of the medical expenses would be covered. Plus, the family has financial concerns associated with the shop.
"He's the one everyone loves to go see and trusts with their motorcycles," Worden said. "Unfortunately, until he gets on his feet, that is down for now."
Friends are keeping an eye on the shop for now. And D'Angelo is expected to help make some decisions once she gets out of the hospital.
Lynde was born and raised in Windham County. He grew up in Guilford, according to Worden.
Lynde opened his shop in Brattleboro in the 1990s. But Lynde was working on motorcycles a decade earlier.
"I remember barely walking and him having a whole slew of friends in my grandma's garage working on motorcycles," said Worden, who is now 40 years old.
On the GoFundMe page, Worden wrote, "As many of you know, my dad and Laura would give anything for anyone in need. Now is their time for need."
Within one hour of opening the page to the public on Tuesday, 29 people had contributed $3,430.
"I love you guys fiercely," one donor wrote.
"So much love for these two," said another.
"Get through this Stan & Laura," added another. "We need you in our lives!"
Reach staff writer Chris Mays at 802-254-2311, ext. 273, or @CMaysBR.
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