Papa Murphy's to raise money for B.G. teen hit by car

Pizza chain's CEO had similar experience in 1991

By Emily Gillespie, Columbian breaking news reporter

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photoKen Calwell

The story of a Battle Ground teenager who lay injured for 90 minutes before he was spotted by a tow truck driver has caught the attention of the CEO of Papa Murphy's International.

Ken Calwell, CEO of the pizza chain headquartered in Vancouver, said in a news release that he was touched by Justin Carey's story. He said he almost had the same fate.

In 1991, Calwell was riding a bike when he was struck by a motorist. He spent two and a half months in the hospital recovering from his injuries. At one point, doctors considered amputating one of his legs.

Papa Murphy's Pizza is holding a countywide fundraiser Wednesday to help offset Carey's medical costs.

The event, called Dough Raising Night for Justin Carey, will take place at all 12 of the chain's Clark County restaurants, with 20 percent of all pizza sales between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. to be donated to the boy's medical fund.

Carey, 16, was waiting for the school bus at the corner of Northeast 82nd Avenue and 289th Street on the morning of June 10 when he was struck by a Nissan Maxima. The driver, Shaun Johnson, 46, of Vancouver, allegedly did not tell emergency personnel that she had struck someone. Carey lay in a nearby ditch for 90 minutes before he was found by a tow truck driver.

Johnson has not been charged or cited, but the Clark County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate.

At first, doctors gave Carey a positive prognosis. He had two broken femurs and both femoral arteries had been severed, but he was expected to be able to walk. Then, after contracting an infection,

the lower half of Carey's right leg was amputated. He remained at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center for nearly a month before he was discharged.

"When I read Justin's story, I began thinking of ways Papa Murphy's and area owners could help," Calwell said in a release. "He'll have a challenging road ahead, but the support of his friends, family and the community will give him strength."

Those who cannot attend the fundraiser can donate directly to Carey's medical fund, called the Justin Carey Caring Fund, at any Bank of America location.

Emily Gillespie: 360-735-4522; http://www.twitter.com/col_cops;emily.gillespie@columbian.com.