Woman involved in horrific DTES dragging incident is now awake

Nov 18 2019, 5:58 pm

The young woman who was trapped and dragged under a vehicle in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside in October has woken up.

According to the most recent update on a GoFundMe Page created for 24-year-old Desiree Evancio, she “is very awake” and “is now aware of all her injuries.”

On Saturday, October 12, at 12:30 am, Evancio got trapped under a van dragged for several blocks until the driver noticed.

According to an October 22 update from Vancouver Police, evidence “indicates the victim walked between the van and cargo trailer as it was stopped in traffic.”

Evancio was rushed to Vancouver General Hospital, where she’s undergone several reconstructive surgeries and is expected to remain for the next several month, as part of her recovery.

The driver allegedly involved in the incident is believed to be a member of Off With Their Heads, a US-based punk band. The band was playing at the SBC Restaurant, at 109 East Hastings, the night of an incident, as part of a now-cancelled tour that included Portland and Seattle.

Victim will require prosthetic eye and nose

In the latest GoFundMe update, Evancio’s sister, Ashley Danh, says the young woman
“has been able to write and communicate with family and the nurses,” but she “doesn’t remember anything about the accident or even being emitted in the hospital.”

Danh adds that a surgeon has determined that both Evancio’s missing eye and nose will be prosthetic.

She was left with “a few” back teeth from the accident and may require dentures.

“Their concern is building her upper lip,” writes Danh, adding the next surgery “may start with the rebuilding of her lower lip.”

Fundraising update

As of November 18, over $233,000 has been donated to Evancio’s GoFundMe to help with her recovery process.

Danh says her sister is aware of the GoFundMe page and all of the fundraising events that have been taking place in her name.

“She knows about all the generous people from all over Canada, the US and even the other side of the world who has reached out in one way or another to give help either financially or through prayers,” said Danh.

“Although she can’t make much of a facial reaction to things right now, you could see it in her eye that a weight of financial burden was lifted from the many things running through her head.”

With files from Vincent Plana.

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