Steamboat Springs The Colorado State Patrol is expected to ticket a 43-year-old Woodland Park man for a Nov. 26 accident on Rabbit Ears Pass that caused serious injuries to a 65-year-old Steamboat Springs woman.
The State Patrol is going to issue James Harned a citation for reckless driving causing serious bodily injury for the two-car accident that occurred about 1 p.m. near milepost 151, Sgt. Hank Chase said.
"It was a combination of Harned driving too fast for conditions and not paying attention," Chase said of the accident that injured Carvel Short, who was a passenger in a car being driven by Paul Herrmann.
After the accident, Short was transported to the Yampa Valley Medical Center. She was then flown to the Denver Health Medical Center. When she was admitted into the Denver hospital, she was listed in serious condition. Short suffered injuries to her head, chest and stomach.
In the days that have passed, Short's condition has improved. Currently, Short is listed in fair condition, said Sara Spaulding, a hospital spokeswoman.
Spaulding expects for Short to be moved out of the hospital's Intensive Care Unit sometime this week.
Herrmann, 65, of Steamboat Springs was also injured in the accident. Herrmann was treated at the Yampa Valley Medical Center for multiple trauma. He was discharged from the hospital Nov. 28.
Harned suffered minor injuries. He was treated for the injuries at the local hospital the day of the accident and then released.
Harned was traveling eastbound in a 1985 Jeep Cherokee on roads that were snow-packed and icy, Chase said.
Herrmann was driving a 1998 Subaru Outback westbound when the vehicle was struck by the Cherokee.
Harned allegedly lost control of the vehicle. The Cherokee spun 180 degrees and collided with Herrmann's Outback, Chase said.
The rear of Harned's vehicle spun around and struck the front right side of Herrmann's vehicle, he said.
Both air bags in the Outback deployed. The Cherokee was not equipped with the safety precaution, he said.
The ticket for careless driving is going to be sent to the State Patrol Office that is closest to Woodland Park, Chase said.
"He will be served with the citation when a trooper gets a hold of him," he said.
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