Bud and Bev Elzey recovering from crash

Well-known Salisbury resident Beverley Elzey remained at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore this week, where she was flown after a four-car accident injured her and her husband.

Bud and Bev Elzey were involved in a car crash last week. Bev Elzey is still recovering in a Baltimore trauma center.

The longtime local teacher and her husband, Bud, also a teacher, were involved in the pile-up while traveling east on Route 50 at Skipton Landing Road in Easton on the evening of Dec. 11.

Mrs. Elzey suffered injuries to her leg and ankle and was listed in serious condition.

Maryland State Police said a car driven by Katie Cray Long, 43, of Centerville, was traveling west in the eastbound lanes of Route 50, prompting travelers to call 911. Shortly afterward, troopers at the Easton Barrack were notified the car collided with another head-on around 8:30 p.m. That was Elzeys’ vehicle.

Long was being investigated for driving under the influence of alcohol and prescription drugs.

Her vehicle also crashed into cars driven by Steven Craig Smothers of Princess Anne and Joni Boyce Butler of Hebron, police said.

Route 50 was closed for about two hours.

Mrs. Elzey, 66, was in the front seat of the Buick Enclave her husband was driving.

Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver is Elzey’s cousin and said early this week that Elzey, too, had been hospitalized in Easton. Once discharged, he traveled to Shock Trauma to be with his wife.

“I talked to him one time since the accident. The rest of the family said he’s up there with Bev. Bud is a great guy. He cares so much about children,” Culver told the Salisbury Independent.

Mike Dunn, CEO of the Greater Salisbury Committee, spoke highly of the Elzeys, calling them prominent in the community and posting a request on Facebook for uplifting thoughts and prayers.

“Bev has sustained significant leg injuries and is enduring multiple surgeries. Bud, as always, is by her side – banged up and staying as strong as possible,” Dunn wrote.

His post was shared more than 300 times and there were scores of comments, including one praising the Elzeys for being “Salisbury champs of the first order.”

Val Adkins remembered Mrs. Elzey being her physical education teacher in high school.

“Great lady. Hoping for a speedy recovery for both of them and God bless Bud for being there,” she wrote.

Julie Nibblett called Mrs. Elzey “the sweetest.”

“Many prayers, Beverley, as you endure all this and in your recovery. You have a great man by your side,” she wrote.

Dunn called the Elzeys “very important in this community.”

“They taught in our public schools 40 years apiece. Bud and Beth are our Relay for Life mentors,” he said, explaining Elzey mentored him before he became a chairman for the event.

“They were instrumental in the early years of Wicomico County’s Relay for Life,” Dunn said.

After the accident, he texted Elzey to tell him his Relay for Life family was thinking of them.

“Bud and Beth Elzey are very important people to a lot of people like me,” Dunn said.

“We’ve been watching the example they have been setting all their lives on how to live and how to give.”

Reach Susan Canfora at scanfora@newszap.com.

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