Man injured on Willow Creek Pass recovering
July 19, 2000
North Routt — A Front Range man who was critically injured when his car rolled over near Willow Creek Pass in June has returned home in remarkably good shape.
Jim Goettsch, 44, of Windsor, who was admitted to Denver Health Medical Center in critical condition after the accident, returned home in time for Fourth of July festivities, his wife Leslie said Tuesday.
“Everyone’s surprised at how well he’s doing,” she said.
Goettsch sustained brain contusions, a fractured pelvis, a punctured lung and a separated shoulder in the accident.
“It’s been a long path, but as far as head injuries, he’s actually doing really well. He can talk, he can write and I just had him balance our checkbook. He’s acting completely normal. He’s back to the old Jim that we knew.”
But, she said he remains in a wheelchair, and said it will be about six to 12 months before the injuries to his pelvis have completely healed and he can walk again.
Goettsch and his family were driving south in their 1996 Ford Explorer on County Road 129 over Willow Creek Pass when Goettsch lost control. The vehicle traveled 200 feet and rolled two times before landing on the passenger side. His wife received a concussion in the accident, but their 5-year-old son and 12-year-old nephew were not injured.
Police said Goettsch was the only one in the car not wearing a seat belt.
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