Tuesday, January 23, 2001
Steamboat Springs Local artist Carvel Short doesn't remember the car accident that almost took her life the weekend after Thanksgiving.
"It was a very scary thing for us," Short said Tuesday. "Well, I guess not for me because I remember absolutely nothing.
"I don't remember nothing from the accident. I guess it's the body doing wonderful things for not allowing me to participate in this horrible thing."
On Nov. 26, Short and Paul Herrmann, both 65, were returning from spending the Thanksgiving holiday with Short's daughter in Evergreen when the accident occurred on Rabbit Ears Pass.
James Harned, 43, of Woodland Park was traveling eastbound in a 1985 Jeep Cherokee on roads that were snow-packed and icy when he lost control of the vehicle. Harned's Cherokee struck the 1998 Subaru Outback Herrmann was driving westbound.
The Cherokee spun and the rear end struck the front right passenger side of the Outback.
Of the three people involved in the accident, Short, who was sitting in the passenger seat, suffered the most extensive injuries.
Short's ribs on her right side were broken, which punctured a lung that would later collapse.
Short's liver was also cut and she suffered severe head injuries.
After the accident that occurred near milepost 151, Short was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center. She was then flown to Denver Health Medical Center. When she was admitted into the Denver hospital, she was listed in serious condition.
Herrmann was treated at the local hospital for multiple trauma. He was discharged two days later.
Harned suffered minor injuries. He was treated for the injuries at the local hospital the day of the accident and then released.
Harned was issued a citation for reckless driving causing serious bodily injury.
Short was in a coma for a couple of days after the accident.
"I remember vaguely returning to consciousness," she said.
Short would spend a couple of weeks in the hospital's intensive care unit. By the second week in December, Short's condition improved and was listed in fair condition.
Her condition continued to improve, and she was later released from the hospital Dec. 22. Short spent the holidays at her daughter's Evergreen home.
Short decided to leave her daughter and return home about two weeks ago.
When Short was released from the hospital, she could not walk. Since that time, she has been going through strenuous rehabilitation at the local hospital.
Through the rehabilitation, Short has been able to regain her ability to move around.
"I'm walking all over the place," Short said. "I'm doing what I did before. Only now, I'm a tad bit slower, which will pass with time."
Short, who paints, is planning on using the experience she had in the hospital in her work.
"I saw visions," she said. "I'm very anxious to use what I brought back from that experience. I can't begin to tell you about the images I had."