By HANNAH SIEVERT
CENTRAL OREGON DAILY
Kyler Gaede was driving to his job at Blockbuster last Friday when he was involved in a bad car accident on Alfalfa Market Road.
According to a post on Blockbuster’s Instagram, Gaede had to be cut out of his car and flown to a nearby hospital.
“It happened all very fast, but it was toward the mid-day shift to the evening shift,” Dan Montgomery, Blockbuster’s store manager, said. “Our distribution manager came in and said Kyler’s been in a really bad, really horrific accident.”
A family member of Gaede’s said he has multiple severe injuries that will require him to use a wheelchair for months — including broken arms, broken feet and a shattered knee.
“We’re not all blood-related here but we are like family,” Montgomery said. “We’re all just heartbroken for the guy.”
A post on Blockbuster’s Instagram — which has more than 22,000 followers — brought comments from well-wishers around the world.
“He’s a sweet guy,” Montgomery said of Gaede. “He has a big heart. You ask him for something and he’ll never say no.”
Montgomery said Blockbuster will set up an in-store fundraiser in the next few weeks, with proceeds going toward Gaede’s medical bills.
Gaede’s aunt also set up a Go Fund Me account for online donations.