Early Monday morning, as she took her routine walk to work, Stephanie Tubb’s life changed in an instant when she was run over by a garbage truck.
Now, she faces a long recovery after losing both of her legs, but the community — including her children’s day-care provider — is trying to help.
Tubb, 32, was walking to the downtown Sharon McDonald’s, where she works as a manager, at 4:06 a.m. Monday when she was hit by a Tri-County Industries garbage truck as it was turning onto East Silver Street from North Oakland Avenue.
Sharon Police Chief Edward Stabile said no arrests have been made as the incident is still under investigation.
Stephanie was flown to Mercy Health St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital with severe injuries.
“She’s going to be there for a very long time recovering from her injuries,” said Brenda Royer, spokesperson for the family and director of Child Development at the Buhl Club.
Stephanie’s right leg was amputated above the knee and her left leg was amputated below the knee. She suffered broken ribs, a punctured lung that collapsed and several lacerations on her head that required stitches.
Stephanie and her husband Nathaniel both work at the Sharon McDonald’s and they have three children, ages 11, 3 and 2.
The couple do not have transportation so they had been walking from their Sharon home.
Stephanie was on her way to open the restaurant while Nathaniel was with their children. Nathaniel was scheduled to work later that day.
“They’re both very hard-working, very dedicated to their children and just trying to do everything in life right,” Royer said.
Items brought to the Buhl Club are delivered to the family daily. The family is requesting privacy at this time.
Royer said both Stephanie and Nate wanted to thank the community for their support.
“They want to make sure everyone knows how grateful they are,” Royer said.
The family is accepting donations through a GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-stephanie-tubb-recover-from-tragic-accident?qid=ecb8061bf9b82a6bb11ab775811e0b42.
To donate items, Royer is accepting donations through the Buhl Club at 28 Pine St., Sharon. Royer suggests donations in the form of cash, gift cards to restaurants, gas cards, snack items, Pull-Ups size 5 and nonperishable items.