Authorities investigate injury accident near City Market in Granby |

Authorities investigate injury accident near City Market in Granby

The Colorado State Patrol is investigating a two-vehicle injury accident that occurred on U.S. Highway 40 at the intersection leading into the Granby City Market area. On Fri. Aug. 15, a 2001 Dodge Durango driven by Donna Victoria, 22, of Tabernash was traveling westbound on U.S. 40 when she attempted to turn onto Thompson Road. When she did so the Durango collided with a 1994 Chevy Camaro driven by Denis McCarthy, 72, of Grand Lake McCarthy and a 70-year-old female passenger riding in the Camaro suffered serious injuries, according to the State Patrol. Victoria did not receive any injuries related to the crash. Two female and two male passengers riding in the Durango with Victoria received no injuries or only minor injuries. The accident partially closed the standard access to the City Market shopping complex for more than an hour while traffic was rerouted to a dirt road south of McDonald's. Victoria was charged with careless driving causing bodily injury. Drugs and alcohol are not considered a factor in the crash, according to the Patrol.

Storms drop about 4 feet of snow in southern Colorado

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) – Residents of southern Colorado are digging out from a series of storms during the last week that dumped up to 4 feet of snow in the mountains. As of Friday, Durango had received nearly 3 feet since Monday – nearly double the city’s average snowfall for January- while Wolf Creek Pass received 4 feet. A total of three storms moved through the region beginning Monday with 12- to 18-hour breaks between each one. The massive weight of the snow was blamed for buckling an exhaust pipe on a wood stove that led to a house fire. No injuries were reported. Three of the five major mountain passes on highways in southwest Colorado were reopened Saturday. The Colorado State Patrol reported few minor traffic accidents. — Information from: Durango Herald,

Glenwood High grad at the wheel in fatal wreck

FORT COLLINS (AP) – A University of Wyoming football player was killed and three teammates were injured when a pickup drifted off a Colorado highway and crashed on Monday, authorities said. Ruben Narcisse, 19, of Miami was killed, the Colorado State Patrol said. Trey Fox, 19, of Glenwood Springs, Christian Morgan, 18, of Aurora, and J.J. Quinlan, 19, of Everett, Wash., were injured and were taken to hospitals in Laramie, Wyo., and Loveland. Morgan’s injuries were serious but were not believed to be life-threatening, troopers said. Fox had moderate injuries. The nature and extent of Quinlan’s injuries weren’t known. Fox, a Glenwood Springs High School graduate who was a standout member of the football team, was driving and apparently fell asleep, investigators said. They said alcohol and drugs aren’t believed to be factors. The pickup was northbound on U.S. 287 six miles south of the Wyoming border at about 5:30 a.m. when it went off the left side of the highway, struck a rock embankment and a tree and then rolled. University President Tom Buchanan offered condolences to Narcisse’s family. “The loss of any student saddens us immeasurably,” Buchanan said in a statement. “The entire university community grieves his loss.” Coach Dave Christensen called it a “terrible tragedy, and a terrible loss.” He offered his support to the players’ families. Counselors will be made available to players, coaches and other students, university spokesman Tim Harkins said. Narcisse, a freshman, was a linebacker. Fox is a cornerback, Quinlan a linebacker, and Morgan a wide receiver. Fox and Morgan are freshmen. Quinlan is a redshirt freshman. None of the four played in Wyoming’s 28-20 victory over Southern Utah on Saturday. Wyoming plays at No. 5 Texas next weekend. Texas coach Mack Brown issued a statement offering his school’s sympathy to the Wyoming players’ families and the university. “It’s such a sad day to see a life taken so early,” Brown said. “Our thoughts go out to Ruben’s family, and we pray for them and the families of the injured young men.” In 2001, Texas defensive end Cole Pittman was found dead at the scene of a one-car accident northeast of Austin.

Grand County welcomes Zack Peterson back from hospital

Grand Lake and the rest of the Grand County community are welcoming home 18-year-old Zack Peterson, who was seriously injured in a traffic accident this summer. Peterson, the son of Jim Peterson and Suzi Maki of Grand Lake, was released last week from Denver’s Craig Hospital, a world-famous medical facility that specializes in rehabilitating patients suffering from spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries. Peterson’s injuries have left him partially paralyzed. A couple of local fundraising events are planned in Peterson’s honor over the next couple of weeks. The first will be on Saturday, Oct. 4, at the 11 a.m. home soccer game between Middle Park High and Pinnacle. The admission fees will be donated to help Peterson’s recovery. The second fundraising event is the benefit concert and chili supper scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Grand Lake Community House. The event will feature a cash bar with wine and beer, and live music by Peggy Mann, Steve Cormey and Brad Pregeant. Concert tickets are $10 (available at the door). The chili supper is $6 per person. For more information, call (970) 531-2170. A fund has also been set up at Grand Mountain Bank for donations to help the Peterson family. Donations for the “Zachary Peterson Fund” may be made at any branch or mailed to PO. Box 749 Grand Lake, CO 80447. Peterson was involved in a one-vehicle accident just after midnight Sunday, July 13, on U.S. Highway 34 a couple miles from his Grand Lake home. An accident investigation showed he fell asleep behind the wheel. Due to the seriousness of the 18-year-old’s injuries, a Flight For Life helicopter landed adjacent to the accident site and he was flown directly to St. Anthony’s Central Hospital in Denver. He underwent several hours of surgery to save his life. Along with his other serious injuries, he damaged his spinal cord. Peterson was one of the 88 seniors of the Class of 2008 at Middle Park High School who graduated on May 31. During his high school years, he was a star athlete earning varsity letters in boys soccer, wrestling and track. He was one of the Panthers’ five athletes who qualified and competed in the 2008 Colorado High School Track and Field Championships held in Pueblo last May. The Sky-Hi Daily News plans to interview Peterson and his family for an article to appear in an upcoming edition.

Skiers die at Purgatory, Steamboat ski areas

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – Two skiers have died in accidents at Colorado ski resorts this week.A 23-year-old ski instructor at the Arapahoe Basin ski area was found dead at the Steamboat ski area Wednesday.Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg says Grace Lynn McNeil of Cedar, Mich., was found under 2 feet of snow in a tree well, the depression of snow that forms around a tree base.The Steamboat Pilot & Today newspaper reports that McNeil was in Steamboat skiing with friends. Patrollers found McNeil’s body at the base of a double-black-diamond run.In southwest Colorado, Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort officials say a 14-year-old Bayfield, Colo., girl died after hitting a tree Tuesday on an intermediate run. La Plata County Deputy Coroner John Dunn said Madeline Milner suffered heavy injuries to her liver, as well as head injuries. She had turned to talk to a friend while skiing and turned back just before hitting the tree, Dunn said.McNeil and Milner were wearing helmets.

Grand County officers respond to snowmobile accidents

Winter must be here because the reports of snowmobile accidents are starting to show up in the weekly Grand County Sheriff’s Office’s incident reports. One of the first accidents for the season was reported on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 30, when Deputy Terry Faulkner was dispatched to Trailblazers Snowmobile Rentals on County Road 50 on the report of an injury accident. Upon arriving, Deputy Faulkner spoke with Trailblazer owner/operator Greg Foley who explained that during their first guided trail ride of the season, a guest had lost control of his rental snowmobile, crashed and been injured. The guest, Philip Tijerina of Denver, had sustained injuries to his shoulder and ribs. His girlfriend Laura Cantu had been a passenger on the snowmobile but apparently escaped injury. By the time Deputy Faulkner arrived at Trailblazers, both Tijerina and Cantu had left in a private vehicle to seek medical attention for Tijerina. The rental snowmobile also suffered damage in the crash totaling $2,660, which Tijerina paid the next day. Another accident involving a rental snowmobile occurred on Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 10. In the initial dispatch call, injuries were being reported. Deputy Jim Ellison was first dispatched to the accident scene three miles from the Idleglenn parking area on County Road 491. However, before arriving there, the Sheriff’s dispatcher came back on the radio to report there were no injuries and the damaged snowmobile was already being towed back to On the Trail Rentals in Grand Lake. Arriving at the snowmobile rental company, Deputy Ellison spoke with the woman who had been driving the damaged snowmobile. She and a friend had ridden about four miles when she was unable to negotiate a turn while driving at about 35 mph. Her rental snowmobile had gone off the trail and hit a tree. The woman said her only injuries were a painful wrist and hand, but she refused medical attention. The snowmobile suffered an estimated $3,500 in damage.

Colorado governor injured in bicycle accident

DENVER (AP) – Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter has been injured in an accident while riding a bicycle, apparently suffering several broken ribs. Ritter’s spokesman, Evan Dreyer, says the accident occurred early Tuesday when the governor collided with another cyclist in a group of four. Dreyer says Ritter appears to have multiple rib fractures on his right side. Dreyer says Ritter is being treated at Denver Health Medical Center and is in good spirits, laughing and joking with hospital staff. Dreyer says the other cyclist had minor injuries and wasn’t taken to a hospital.

Christmas Eve snowmobile accident near Hot Dog Park

A snowmobile accident in the Bowen Gulch Protection Area (BGPA) northwest of Grand Lake on the afternoon of Christmas Eve sent local first responders into high gear for a search and rescue operation. The incident occurred in the BGPA near Hot Dog Park where the F trail meets Hot Dog Park. The accident was the result of two snowmobiles colliding on the trail in what County officials termed a, "slower speed impact." According to officials from the Grand County Sheriff's Office the accident involved two snowmobiles with each snowmobile carrying two individuals. One snowmobile, driven by 31-year-old Enrico Fabiano with 30-year-old passenger Antonietta Cigognini, was traveling uphill at the time of the incident while the other snowmobile was traveling downhill. As the two snowmobiles passed each other on the trail going opposite directions their skies clipped, resulting in the crash. The downhill snowmobile went off trail after the initial clipping incident and hit a tree, resulting in injuries to the two parties aboard. Fabiano attempted to call 911 but initially found he had no cell service. He was eventually able to locate service and placed a call for first responders at around 2:45 p.m. Saturday afternoon Dec. 24. After making contact with authorities Fabiano and his companion stayed on scene to assist the injured parties. Neither Fabiano nor Cigognini reported injuries from the accident. Grand County Search and Rescue (GCSAR), Grand County EMS and the Grand Lake Fire Protection District responded to the call for help. Additionally two helicopters were called into to evacuate the injured parties, one male and one female. The two individuals on the downhill snowmobile that hit the tree were evacuated to St. Anthony's Central Hospital for emergency care via Flight for Life helicopter. First responders we able to get the injured parties evacuated by around 6 p.m. The names of the two individuals who were airlifted, and the nature of their injuries, were not available Tuesday morning as of press time. The BGPA is part of the larger Arapaho National Forest northwest of Grand Lake and butts up against both Rocky Mountain National Park and the Never Summer Wilderness. The area is popular during winter months with snowmobiles because of the extensive networks of trails maintained by the Grand Lake Trailgroomers Association.

Quick response for injured snowmobiler near Church’s Park

A severe snowmobiling accident on Saturday March 19 sent local first responders into action after an Idaho Springs man suffered a compound fracture while recreating in the Church's Park area. The injured party, a 52-year-old unnamed male from Idaho Springs, was snowmobiling with several friends near Church's Park when he was struck broadside by one of his riding companions. According to a press release from the Grand County Sheriff's Office initial reports of the accident claimed the injured snowmobiler's leg had been severed as a result of the accident. However, after a Grand County Sheriff's Deputy arrived on scene and made contact with the injured party authorities determined the injury was in fact a severe compound fracture and not a severed leg. Grand County authorities received the initial call about the injured snowmobiler at 10:31 a.m. Saturday morning. The call indicated that the injured snowmobiler was in the Church's Park area near County Road 50, not far from Fraser. One of Grand County's Sheriff's Deputies, Sergeant Mike Reed, was off duty at the time of the call but was in the immediate area with his wife preparing to go snowmobiling when a citizen notified him of the accident. Sergeant Reed made his way to the injured snowmobiler, initiated cell phone contact with dispatch and informed authorities that the injury was a severe compound fracture instead of a severed leg. The Deputy was also able to provide GPS coordinates for the injured man and requested a Flight For Life helicopter be dispatched. During his initial response efforts Sergeant Reed was assisted by several snowmobilers who helped the deputy provide medical attention and support to the injured party. "Several citizens also joined in to pack snow for a landing zone and pathway to the Flight For Life helicopter to prepare for the evacuation of the patient," the press release states. After initial calls were received GCSO deputy Sergeant Nate Macchione responded to the scene of the accident on a department snowmobile. Assisting Sergeants Reed and Macchione was Craig Snowden, a member of the Welling Colo. Fire and EMS Department. The press release from the GCSO states, "the efforts of Snowden, Sergeant Reed, Sergeant Macchione, numerous citizens that stopped to help, and the rapid response of Flight For Life made this an extremely successful rescue." According to the press release the injured subject was extricated from the mountain within 45 minutes of the original call for help. Flight For Life transported the subject to Denver for medical care. Grand County Search And Rescue (GCSAR) was paged out to the incident at 10:37 a.m. Saturday morning. Members of the GCSO escorted Incident Command through traffic to a nearby trailhead. At the time of the call on Saturday the snowmobiles used by GCSAR were in the Grand Lake area for a training mission. Search and Rescue planned to field three team members for the operation, utilizing snowmobiles from both the GCSO and Grand County EMS, but a stand-down page was received by GCSAR after the Flight For Life helicopter arrived on scene. Likewise members of the Grand County EMS Mountain Medical Response Team responded to the staging area but were stood-down after the arrival of the Flight For Life helicopter. The press release from the Sheriff's Office closed by stating, "the accident was investigated and it does not appear that any charges will be pursued at this time.

Updated: Snowmobiler on Flight for Life to Denver, compound leg fracture

Grand County Search and Rescue and EMS responded this morning to a snowmobile accident on County Road 50 near Fraser. The person who called 911 stated there was a leg amputation situation. However, John Sanderson, GCSAR president, confirmed that the injury is a compound fracture below the knee. Flight for Life was able to land at the accident location in Church's Park, 7 miles from County Road 50. They packaged him for transport to St. Anthony's Hospital in Denver, said Sanderson. Grand County Search and Rescue had the exact coordinates of the injured person, he said. The Grand County Sheriff's Office called Flight for Life. "Since the Church's Park area is a wide open space it was good for landing the helicopter." This story will be updated when more details of the accident become available.