Illinois man in rollover crash discharged from hospital Monday
August 1, 2011
A 50-year-old man injured Saturday in a rollover crash on Forest Service Road 400 near Clark was discharged from a Denver hospital Monday afternoon.
George Faulkner, of Monee, Ill., was transported to Yampa Valley Medical Center following the accident just after 4 p.m. Saturday, and was flown to Denver Health Medical Center and taken to intensive care in serious condition with trauma to his head, according to a press release from the Colorado State Patrol.
A Denver Health Medical Center spokeswoman said Monday that Faulkner's condition was upgraded from critical to serious late Sunday evening, and he was well enough to leave the hospital Monday afternoon.
Faulkner was one of three passengers in a 2005 Dodge Ram pickup that was reportedly traveling at a high rate of speed when it entered a narrow section of the Forest Service Road, passed two vehicles and then rolled off the road. The vehicle came to a rest on its passenger side against trees along the roadway, troopers said.
The State Patrol said Faulkner was unrestrained at the time of the crash, and when emergency responders arrived, he was unconscious and unresponsive.
Faulkner's brother, 50-year-old Paul Richard Faulkner, of Monee, Ill., was driving the vehicle and was arrested after the accident on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, and he was booked into the Routt County Jail on charges of vehicular assault, careless driving causing injury and driving under the influence of alcohol. He was free Monday on a $2,000 bond.
Front seat passenger Thomas Baker, of Larkspur, was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash and was not injured.
The crash is still under investigation by the State Patrol.