Monday, February 18, 2002
Steamboat Springs A Routt County man seriously injured in a car accident last week is improving at a Denver hospital.
Timothy M. Okonski's medical condition has improved since he was admitted into Denver Health Medical Center the night of Feb. 12, said Janelle Evans, a hospital spokeswoman.
As of Monday evening, Okonski was in fair condition, Evans said.
Okonski's condition has improved significantly because when he was admitted into the hospital, he was in critical condition.
Okonski suffered a serious head injury and a shoulder fracture after his sport utility vehicle rolled three times on Colorado 131 south of Oak Creek.
According to the Colorado State Patrol, who is investigating the accident, Okonski was traveling northbound in his 1995 Jeep Cherokee when he lost control of the vehicle at about 3 p.m. Feb. 12.
Okonski's vehicle went off the right side of the road, got back onto the roadway and then went off the left side of the road.
Okonski, who was traveling alone, managed to get the vehicle back onto the roadway, but the Cherokee crossed over to the left side of the road. The vehicle then rolled onto its driver's side and skidded on the roadway.
The Cherokee rolled two more times when it went off the right side of the road.
Okonski had to be rescued by authorities from the mangled SUV.
State troopers were assisted at the scene by representatives of Oak Creek Police, the Routt County Sheriff's Office, Steamboat Springs Rural and Yampa fire departments.
An unconscious Okonski was rushed to Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs at about 4:30 p.m.
Because Okonski's injuries were serious, Yampa Valley Air Ambulance flew the man to Denver.