Bee-stings lead to crash, serious injury

By on September 13, 2010

by Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—Tuesday, July 13, 2010, should have been just another work day for Sandwich resident Pete Moore. Instead, it was the day when the 33-year-old father of two almost lost his life.

Moore was working a side job that morning on a home in Montgomery when he was attacked by a swarm of bees that were living beneath a piece of siding he had just removed. Moore was stung several times but chose to try and work through the pain he was in. It was moments later when he discovered that he had a rash and was beginning to swell.

“It became hard for him to breathe, (so) he decided to take himself to the emergency room at Rush-Copley (hospital in Aurora),” said Moore’s mother, Michele McCarthy. “He was on Route 30 and had to pull over (because) he thought he was going to pass out.”

Moore tried to park his truck on the side of the road but passed out while shifting, leaving the vehicle in reverse, McCarthy said. To make matters worse, while Moore was unconscious his foot hit the gas pedal and his truck spun through four lanes of traffic. Moore’s truck avoided contact with all other vehicles on Route 30 but went airborne after crossing the highway and landed in a K-Mart parking lot before colliding into the store’s wall.

Paramedics soon arrived and took Moore to Rush-Copley.

Suffering a serious spinal injury, Moore spent the next seven days in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit before moving on to Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital in Wheaton for six weeks. According to his mother, Moore remains in a wheelchair because his mobility is still limited. He is also suffering from depression as a result of the accident, and will not know his prognosis for at least six months.

“Pete has (run) his own career for the past 15 years and now has no income (as a result of his injuries),” McCarthy said.

Benefit in Sugar Grove
A fundraiser for Pete Moore
will be held
Saturday, Sept. 18,
2 to 10 p.m.
Fraternal Order of Police
building in Sugar Grove.
Open to the public, the event will have a carnival theme and feature games for kids, a dunk tank and a bean bag tournament for adults.

There will also be several raffles to raise money for both Pete and his family.