South Plains communities rally behind Ropesville teen seriously injured in crash

Published: Mar. 8, 2022 at 8:15 AM CST
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LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - Communities and schools are coming together to support a Ropesville teen and her family after the teen was seriously injured in a crash last week.

The 17-year-old girl, Kallie Ketchersid, was driving home from One Act Play practice on Thursday. Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety say Ketchersid went off of the roadway, overcorrected, and the vehicle she was driving rolled near the intersection of FM 1585 and FM 168. The crash happened just after 8 p.m.

Ketcherside was airlifted from the scene of the crash to University Medical Center.

After three days at UMC, Ketchersid was transferred to Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston.

She is involved in One Act Play, FFA, UIL, basketball and is a cheerleader at Ropes High School.

Since her crash, communities across the South Plains have rallied together. It started with her own community of Ropesville. Her class, the Junior class, began accepting donations through March 11 for the Ketchersid family. Checks can be made to Ropes Jr. Class (write Kallie in the memo). They can be mailed to 304 Ranch Rd. Ropesville, TX 79358.

Also, the school was encouraged to wear pink on Monday to show support for Kallie.

On Wednesday, food trucks will be at the school for junior high students, high school students, faculty, and any community members. Proceeds will benefit the Ketchersid family. Mijo’s Tex-Mex BBQ, The Spud Truck and Frios gourmet pops will be there. The First Baptist Church of Ropes is having a gift-card drive for the family as they spend time in Houston taking care of Kallie.

A medical benefit account has been opened for Kallie Ketchersid at Peoples Bank. You can make a donation at any Peoples Bank location or mail your deposit to Peoples Bank Attn: Chelsea Salazar 5820 82nd Street Lubbock, TX 79424.

We are having a "Gift Card Drive" for the Ketchersid's as they spend time in Houston taking care of Kallie. If you can...

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A t-shirt fundraiser has also been created through Red Door Designs. They have created a “KALLIE STRONG” T-shirt. All of the proceeds will go directly to Kallie. If you would like to purchase a shirt, click here for the adult sizes. Click here for the youth sizes.

The communities of Sundown, Lorenzo, Tahoka, Frenship, and many others are working to help the family and Kallie raise money so her family can be there for her during this time.

In Tahoka, the high school is offering an extended lunch on Wednesday if the students donate $2 to the Ketchersid family. Elementary students can donate $1 to receive a Hat Day pass. Students are also encouraged to wear green on Wednesday to show support for Kallie, her family and the Ropesville community.

On Wednesday evening, just after the sun goes down, the Texas Tech Jones AT&T Stadium will be lit up in green lights in support of Kallie.

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