Grandparents’ injuries in wreck were serious, family friend says

A two-vehicle accident Friday evening between a Dodge minivan and Dodge Ram truck was more serious than initially reported, according to a family friend of those injured.

Two children riding in the minivan’s backseat suffered minor injuries. The children’s grandparents, who were in the front seat, were more seriously injured than was initially reported by the Grand Junction Police Department, said Kathy Kain, a close family friend who said she spent the past weekend at the hospital with the family.

The grandfather, who was driving, suffered three broken vertebrae and had to have emergency surgery, Kain said. The grandmother suffered broken bones, including both ankles and a rib, Kain said.

The couple remain at St. Mary’s Hospital, she said.

The crash was reported about 8 p.m. Friday in front of Discount Tire, 2820 North Ave.

Police ticketed the male driver of the truck on suspicion of careless driving. Police said the man, who was not injured, was “distracted” at the time of the crash.

The driver was heading west on North Avenue when he allegedly went over the median and hit the van, which was heading east, the department said.

Kain said she provided an update on the accident because she wanted the other driver to know that the crash was more serious than initially reported.

“He has traumatically affected this family’s life,” she said.


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