Donation account made for Craig man injured in motorcycle crash

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Ricky Bustad

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Residents who wish to make a donation can do so by making a deposit in Ricky Bustad's name at Bank of the West, 139 E. Victory Way. Cards and well wishes also can be sent to Amy Bustad, in care of Carolyn Moehle, 6853 Moore St., Arvada, Colo., 80006.

Two local families have opened a donation account for Craig resident Ricky Bustad, 37, who was hospitalized after crashing his motorcycle Monday west of Hayden.

Richard and Gayle Kendall, and Roger and Betty Miesner, longtime friends of Bustad's extended family, opened an account at Bank of the West in Craig on his behalf to help with medical costs.

Bustad was traveling west on U.S. Highway 40 about 7:20 p.m. Monday when he apparently lost control of his 1994 Harley-Davidson FLSTN motorcycle and went off the right side of the road, according to a Colorado State Patrol report.

He was not wearing a helmet and sustained head injuries after striking two signs before landing in a patch of bushes.

Law enforcement officials do not think drugs or alcohol played a role in the accident.

Gayle Kendall and Betty Miesner said Bustad remains in intensive care at Denver Health and probably will be permanently paralyzed from the chest down.

He underwent his second surgery Wednesday and is expected to remain in intensive care for the next couple of weeks.

Kendall and Miesner added doctors still don't know whether he'll be able to use his arms once released, but he can move his fingers now.

Bustad, who is employed at Cook Chevrolet, is married to Amy (Cox) Bustad.

The couple has three children between 5 months and 8 years old.

"They're like family without blood," Kendall said of the couple and their children. "They have nothing. They have no insurance."

Residents who wish to make a donation can do so by making a deposit in Ricky Bustad's name at Bank of the West, 139 E. Victory Way.

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