Friends, as many of you know my parents were recently hit head-on by an alleged drunk driver at the combined speed of 120mph. Miraculously, both of them have survived but as you can imagine both my Mom and Dad sustained severe injuries –– Mom’s being far worse. We have learned that the financial burden will be drastic and the recovery will be lengthy.
My parents are the last people to ask for charity. Many of you personally knew my Mom as a student of her’s. Paula Angel was a celebrated music teacher and also taught for many years in the Buckeye School District. She worked hard her entire life and is a beloved member of the Redding community. My Mom’s incredible warmth, generosity and kindness is known to all who have ever met her.
We wanted to post this to friend’s and family: If you have a few extra dollars lying around and would like to help out my Mom and Dad during this extremely difficult time, it would be much appreciated.
Although we’ve been blessed in our lives, when an accident happens like this the costs of treatments, surgeries, and rehabilitation can be endless. Anything that isn’t needed will be forwarded along to organizations who provide support to other victims of drunk driving.
Our goal is to help relieve the stress and fear of our Mom and Dad for the expenses that will come along with the long hospital stay, multiple surgeries, treatments and rehabilitation that Mom is facing.
The combined impact of both vehicles was like slamming into a wall at 120 mph. Bottom line: this is what drunk driving looks like and not a soul alive deserves to be put through this kind of life-altering trauma due to the irresponsible and disgraceful actions of others. I just want to say how deeply grateful I am to all of you who have kept my Mom in your thoughts and prayers these last critical 48 hours. I can’t even begin to tell you how much strength and faith my entire family has gained from all of your support. My Mom remains in critical condition as Doctors continue to care for her around the clock. Every positive thought, every prayer and kind word is appreciated more than words can even express. To my close friends and family who have reached out: I have received your messages and I’m terribly sorry I have not been able to communicate more. We are praying for my Mom’s survival from this awful tragedy and the next several days will be crucial. Thank you again and I will keep you all posted. Anyone who knows my Mom knows she is a fighter and a survivor, as well as having the most beautiful and loving spirit of anyone on the planet. She did not deserve this. No one does.
Hi friends, just wanted to give you all an update on my Mom. The good news is that although she remains in ICU, she is improving slightly everyday and every improvement is a blessing. It is nothing short of a miracle she has made it this far. She is not out of the woods yet by any means but we are focused on the positive. Reading through all your messages and I’m honestly shocked how many people have been affected by drunk driving in their own lives and families. Thank you all again for sharing your stories. The statistic is that every 53 minutes someone dies from drunk driving. Unbelievable. This is just the beginning of the conversation for me regarding this. We have to be smarter and do even more to try and stop this epidemic that affects 1 out 3 people in this country.
Last night I got the worst phone call that anyone can get about a loved one. My parents were in a head on collision yesterday evening with a drunk driver. My mom was driving and got the worst of it. She is in the ICU and will have to undergo multiple surgeries as she has broken nearly every bone in her body. It took the fire crews over an hour to cut her out of the car. This is such a senseless tragedy, I can’t understand how anybody can get behind the wheel after drinking. Please say a prayer for my Mom and Dad.
Ashley has been answering his favorite 24 questions on Instagram, click here to ask your burning questions – he is still answering them!
@samgaltonartist: What’s your fave body part to train?
Ashley: Chest and arms
@ohtennessee: best way to gain triceps?
Ashley: Focus on higher frequency of training / train them at least 3 to 4 times as week / don’t be afraid to lift heavy and focus on compound movements over isolation exercises.
@bucketwound86: will u ever post a pic of u in a speedo?
Ashley: it’s on my bucket list
@masonleeb: How do you get your hair to levitate so perfectly? Ashley: the secret is static electricity. I’ll be posting a tutorial on YouTube shortly.
@kaseyteaton: how many times a week do you recommend going to gym if your just starting out? Ashley: when you’re just starting out try a beginner full-body work out 2 to 3 times a week for 12 weeks. Good examples of a beginner workout can be found at bodybuilding.com
@melissa310_ what city do you live in when not working? Ashley: Los Angeles
@garyarosas you prefer to sleep naked or clothed? Ashley: naked…always naked
@lledodonavan what’s your favorite book? Ashley: hard to pick just one…Illusions, The Alchemist and Siddhartha are definitely on the list
@jemgrrl5 What’s the difference between a hippo and a Zippo? Ashley: haha…tell me @jemgrrl5: The first one’s heavy and the other one’s a little lighter.
@stormlinebergeroftheweek: What Disney princess would you work out with, then, duet with for three hours straight and why?
Ashley: Ariel – I’m all about the ocean and I want to meet Scuttle and Sebastian
@natwag97If you could meet anyone from history who would it be? Ashley: I’d want to meet Marcus Aurelius. I think everyone at some point should read his book Meditations. It’s essentially the private journal he kept. Most powerful ruler in history at the time he wrote it. It’s in the personal library of almost every president we’ve had, including our founding fathers. Fascinating book.
Ashley Parker Angel will reprise the role of Fiyero in the North American tour of Wicked, just five months after leaving the tour. He will join the production on January 12 in Charlotte, NC until January 31st.
We’ve added a gallery update from Ashley’s Instagram page as well as screen grabs from and Ashley’s son Lyric Lennon in the a few episodes of “American Horror Story: Hotel” to our gallery, view them plus more in our gallery.
As you may be aware, Ashley’s son Lyric will be appearing in this seasons American Horror Story. We have added some promo images to our Gallery including Lyric at the Red Carpet event last night with his Mom, Tiffany Lynn.