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Couple injured in Mascoutah motorcycle crash expected to survive

Eric and Jennifer Guffey were badly injured in a motorcycle crash in Mascoutah.
Eric and Jennifer Guffey were badly injured in a motorcycle crash in Mascoutah.

A Mascoutah couple badly injured Friday in a crash between an SUV and a motorcycle were both recovering this week, a family friend says.

Eric. L. Guffey, 37, was driving his motorcycle through an intersection near Mascoutah High School with his wife, Jennifer L. Guffey. The driver of an SUV stopped at a stop sign, then pulled out into the intersection, striking the motorcycle, according to Mascoutah Police Sergeant Kevin McGinnis.

Jennifer Guffey, 35, was critically injured. One of her legs was later amputated at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, where she remained in recovery as of Wednesday, according to Sherah Brickell, a family friend. She was expected to be released Thursday.

Guffey’s husband did not appear to be injured immediately after the crash, though he was later treated for a brain injury and lacerated liver. Eric Guffey was released from the hospital over the weekend, Brickell said.

The driver of the SUV, Nicholas P. Dietz, 24, was not injured, though he was ticketed for failure to yield at an intersection, McGinnis said.

Eric Guffey was also ticketed for driving a motorcycle without insurance and without a motorcycle license.

Brickell set up an online fundraiser on gofundme.com for the Guffeys and their three children. The fundraiser had collected $1,920 of a $50,000 goal as of Wednesday evening.

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