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Covey recovering after car accident

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By Ryan Naus

When Mason-Corinth Elementary principal Lisa Hollandsworth left work on March 19, she was driving behind the school’s secretary, Diane Covey.

As their cars traveled north on U.S. 25, Hollandsworth saw a car heading southbound start to swerve into the other lane.

Before she knew what happened, she saw Covey’s car struck by the other vehicle, driven by Marvin Colson, who died from injuries suffered in the accident.

Covey, who had tried to veer out of the way, was hit on the driver’s side of her car.

“I was in a hurry to get home and all of a sudden, I saw a van coming that looked like it wasn’t going to stop,” Hollandsworth said. “From that time forward, time stood still. I watched the van come at her and watched Diane appear to move out of the way. I blanked out at that point. I don’t know if I slammed on my brakes.”

Hollandsworth hoped that Covey would be able to get out of the car and prayed that she was alright.

“I drove next to her and Diane was sitting straight up,” Hollandsworth said. “I thought that she was going to get out of the car, but then I looked at the car and saw how mangled it was. It was eerie because of how the cars had bounced apart from each other.”

When Hollandsworth checked on her, Covey was sitting in the car with her eyes closed.

“I could tell that she was still breathing and I reached in to touch her arm,” Hollandsworth said. “I got her to open her eyes and she said that she had tried to get out of the way. She closed her eyes and squeezed my hand, asking me to call her husband, Ron.”

Covey was eventually transported to the University of Cincinnati Hospital by air care, where she was diagnosed with two broken legs (near her ankles), a broken foot, a torn diaphragm, broken ribs and a collapsed lung.

At midnight, Covey went into surgery on her abdomen to fix her diaphragm and on March 21, went into surgery to insert two rods into her legs.

Covey was in the intensive care unit for a week, as parents of students at Mason-Corinth asked the staff for any news about Covey. On March 26, she was moved into an inpatient room and on the following day, she was transported to Gateway Rehabilitation Center in Florence, where she is expected to stay for at least three months, but the family has not received a finalized timetable.

“Knowing that all these people care about her is great,” Tonya Magly, her daughter, said. “I know that she thinks it’s great. She keeps saying how good everyone is to her and how she loves everyone at the school. The parents and the students. I think it’s helping her get through this to know how all of these people care. I want to thank them for their prayers and support.”

As secretary at Mason-Corinth, parents, students and the faculty love Covey and on her desk is a sign saying, “Reserved for Diane Covey.”

“She’s an integral part of MCE because she completes our family,” Hollandsworth said. “She’s more than a co-worker. She’s a part of the MCE family. We miss her.”