Jessica Coats survived a horrific crash, and is recovering at WakeMed, but her boyfriend, 24-year-old Lucas Currin, did not.
Coats' friends and co-workers are rallying to help her financially. She was a fixture at Kickback Jacks in Garner.
"Her sense of humor, her smile lit up the room," said Coats's co-worker, Marcus Stone. "They were definitely an awesome couple. Every time I saw them, they were smiling."
Stone has been working with Coats at Kickback Jacks for a year. He only knew Currin through Coats.
He said while co-workers and friends can't help heal her injuries, or her broken heart. They're planning a fundraiser at Moonrunners, a nearby bar, on March 16 to at least help with her medical costs.
On Saturday, the State Highway Patrol said Coats was riding with Currin around 3:45 a.m. on Old Fairground Road when they hit a sign, crossed over a driveway, and then hit a tree head-on.
The Highway Patrol said Coats and Currin were wearing their seatbelts, and that speed and alcohol were not factors in the crash. They hope a toxicology report will help them figure out what caused the crash.
Meantime, Currin's visitation is scheduled for Wednesday night. His funeral will be held Thursday.
There's no word yet if Coats will be out of the hospital in time to attend.