Brother Travelling Overseas Seriously Injured in Car Wreck
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
By Stephen Lee (Lewis, '10)
An exciting business trip to the country of Georgia quickly turned into a nightmare for Zach Lawrence.
The situation is explained by Zach’s sister-in-law: “On March 21st, my sister Meghan received a call from the Georgian Embassy that her husband Zach, who was there on business for the week, had been in a very bad car accident. The driver lost control of their car, flipping it several times before they ended up in a gully. Two of the five passengers in the car were killed. Zach was thankfully wearing his seat belt, but is in critical condition in a small hospital in Georgia. The expenses are already mounting and he needs a MEDVAC to get him to a hospital that is more equipped to take care of his injuries, which is projected to cost between $80,000-$150,000, alone.”
A recent update on March 24th explains that family have “arrived in Tbilisi and seen Zach. He looks better than expected and is suffering from a punctured lung and many broken ribs. Additionally, he has been placed in a medically induced coma. It will likely be some time before he will be ready to travel and leave Tbilisi, Georgia.”
The family is seeking donations to help cover medical and transportation costs for Zach, as well as the unexpected but necessary travel abroad by Zach’s family to oversee his treatment.
In less than a week, over $103,000 has been raised to help alleviate costs. However, that’s well short of the $200,000 goal.
Those able to contribute are asked to visit this You Caring Fundraising Page.
According to Georgia Today, Zach Lawrence (Ohio State, ’02) is “an expert in investing and startup-fundraising and the Senior Director of the Ohio Tech Angel Fund”. He was scheduled to speak at the BIA Business Forum as well as the Startup Grind event on Wednesday, March 22.
In the interview with Georgia Today, he talked about the importance of different stakeholders connecting with one another. “Being able to have that networking with each other is very valuable and it’s a key to success. “
Brother Lawrence and his family are now relying on their network to help pay for the care he needs. Perhaps brothers of Phi Kappa Theta can help.
Special thanks to brother Jay Moyer (Ohio State, ’00) for the story information.