ROXBURY, NJ – An online fundraiser aims to gather money for a Roxbury resident, and township employee, undergoing a foot amputation today due to injuries suffered in an Aug. 23 motorcycle accident.
The GoFundMe site for the man, Chris Schmidt of Kenvil, seeks to raise $15,000. It was set up by Schmidt’s friends Claudia Clifford and Amanda Treier.
Schmidt, 41, who works for the Roxbury Department of Public Works (DPW), was riding his Harley-Davidson Softail Slim in Chester when the incident happened, said Clifford. She said an oncoming car crossed the centerline of the road and clipped Schmidt, striking his left foot.
Schmidt, out riding with his brother-in-law, kept the bike on two wheels but found himself in severe pain, Clifford said. “Based on what he and his brother-in-law said, his foot was turned the wrong way,” she said. “They said the fireman who first looked at his foot passed out.”
No Choice but Amputation
The impact broke most of the bones in Schmidt’s foot, according to Clifford. She said doctors at Morristown Memorial Hospital – where Schmidt has been undergoing observation since the accident – said amputation is the only viable option.
Schmidt and his wife, Kari, have two sons. Kari Schmidt works at SkyZone in Mount Olive, Clifford said.
In addition to their full-time jobs, the Schmidts own a DJ business called SC3 Entertainment and they provide music for many local charitable events and other functions, Clifford said.
“They are lifelong Roxbury residents,” said Clifford. “They met at Roxbury High School.”
On the GoFundMe site, Clifford and Treier describe Schmidt as being “an absolute trooper and in amazing spirits” despite the injury.
“As most of you know, Chris and Kari are the proudest and hardest working people on this planet,” they wrote. “They work hard every day at their jobs, then also run their DJ business. This accident will affect them and their ability to keep things going while Chris recovers.”
The friends said donations will help the family stay afloat until Schmidt recovers.
“We all have no doubt that Chris will be back on his feet (with some help from science),” they added. “But while he takes the time he needs to recover and rehabilitate, let’s ease his and Kari’s mind. He has been and always will be the first person to help anyone, so let’s be that for him and his family.”
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