A benefit supper is set for this coming Saturday, Feb. 4, at Warren County Middle School cafeteria for a woman who was run over by a U-Haul trailer.
Jennifer Barrickman, 31, continues to recover from the accident which happened Jan. 11 outside her home when she was rushing to talk to her husband as he was maneuvering with the pull-behind trailer. Barrickman reportedly slipped in mud near her driveway and fell under the wheels of the trailer.
Barrickman was on her stomach when the wheels roller over her midsection and crushed her pelvis. Doctors say she was fortunate to be on her stomach because organs could have been ruptured if she was on her back and the wheels rolled over her abdomen.
Barrickman was transported to Vanderbilt where she had surgery to repair the damage to her pelvis. While she heals, she has been told not to put any weight on her feet, which could be for several months.
“She’s in a wheelchair and she’s got a long road to recovery,” said Tabitha Moore, who is organizing the benefit supper and auction.
Barrickman spent a week at Vanderbilt and is now recovering at home. She received a promotion at work just before the accident took place which allowed her to join the company’s health insurance policy, but she had yet to complete the necessary paperwork before the accident, meaning she was not insured.
Friends note Barrickman always tried to give back to the community, even organizing two coat drives for needy children. They hope the community will likewise come out and support her.
A BBQ or chili supper will be served at the WCMS cafeteria beginning at 6 p.m. The cost is $6. A silent auction and regular auction will follow the meal.
“We’ve had a bunch of great merchandise donated by area businesses,” said Moore. “It’s anything and everything.”
She noted tools, hair care products, and even an oil change are among the items which have been donated for the auction.