“That’s when the tree limb fell and hit her,” Luther said. “If the rail wasn’t there, it may have hurt her even worse or killed her.”
A family member declined an interview, but shared Lane's story on an online GoFundMe page. Lane, who home-schooled her three sons, hopes to continue the schooling when she is able to return home, according to the fund-raising page. Her oldest son is a student at Kennesaw State University.
“Jen has a long road to recovery and will move to a spinal rehabilitation center when her other injuries improve and she is stable,” the GoFundMe page states.
The storm Friday and Saturday dumped nearly a foot of snow in the northwest suburbs, bringing down numerous trees and power lines while leaving thousands of customers in the dark for days.
On Tuesday, a wind advisory was issued for the metro area after wind gusts reached 35 mph, according to Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brad Nitz. Trees weakened by the weight of ice and snow from the recent storm could fall due to strong winds, Nitz said.
The agency said they had many lessons learned after Snowmaggedon in 2014 shut down the city