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South Boston News
Jessica Terry / June 02, 2014
An 18-year-old Vernon Hill woman severely injured in a car crash May 4 is recovering at Duke Medical Center, while Tammie Barksdale of South Boston’s Turn’n Headz Salon holds fund raising efforts to help pay for her medical bills.

Jessica Terry, who is the aunt to Barksdale’s grandchild, was critically injured in a single car crash during which she was ejected from the vehicle. She was rushed to Duke Medical Center for life-saving surgery, where she remains for recovery.

Barksdale was looking for a way to help the family, when she was approached by an anonymous local business owner with a challenge.

“He agreed to match whatever I raised, up to $1,000,” she said, after accepting the challenge.

On Sunday, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Barksdale opened the Turn’n Headz Salon on Edmunds Street, where she cut, colored, waxed and styled as many customers as she could, hoping to meet the $1,000 challenge.

“Every penny I made went toward Jessica’s bills I didn’t even keep any back for supplies,” Barksdale said.

By Friday afternoon before the fund raiser, Barksdale said she was “booked solid,” but was hoping to take anyone who walked in between 2-4 p.m., “if they were willing to wait.”

She even committed to staying open beyond 4 p.m., as long as her legs held up, to make certain she raised $1,000.

The crash in which Terry was injured occurred at 3:55 p.m. on State Route 658, about seven-tenths mile west of its intersection with State Route 706. According to police reports, driver Meghan Weatherford lost control of her car, which went off the right side of the road. The vehicle then swerved back as she attempted to correct it, but went back off the right side over an embankment, overturning multiple times.

Weatherford was also seriously injured, and has been recuperating at home after her surgeries to repair broken bones. Barksdale said both Weatherford and her mother were hoping to make an appearance at the fundraising event.

While Terry remains hospitalized, her condition is improving, according to Barksdale. She is able to sit up, and the hospital is beginning to wean her off her respirator.

“She’s got a very long road to recovery. I’m trying to help out her family as best I can.”

Those who were unable to make Sunday’s hair fundraiser can still make contributions to Jessica Terry by dropping them off at the salon or sending them to Jessica Terry c/o Tammie Barksdale at Turn’n Headz Salon, 520 Edmunds St., South Boston, VA 24592.

“When making the contribution, please note that it is for Jessica,” Barksdale requested.

If this event succeeds, Barksdale said she might do a similar event in a few weeks.

“Stay tuned.”

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