No spinal cord injury for Steamboat city manager
Jon Roberts remains unconscious in Denver hospital after Sunday accident
January 5, 2011
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Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. spokesman Mike Lane asked any witnesses of Jon Roberts’ accident Sunday to call Steamboat Ski Patrol at 970-871-5911
Steamboat Springs — Results of an MRI showed no spinal cord damage for City Manager Jon Roberts, who suffered a broken eye socket and three broken ribs in an incident Sunday at Steamboat Ski Area that has left him unconscious.
Roberts remained in critical condition Wednesday afternoon at Denver Health medical center. A hospital spokesman said doctors didn't expect that condition to change for at least a day or so.
Deputy City Manager Wendy DuBord, who has assumed Roberts' duties in his absence and has been in close contact with his family, said he continues to respond to voice commands for simple movements even though he had not regained consciousness at any point since the Sunday accident.
The MRI results allowed doctors to remove his neck brace, which DuBord said likely has made Roberts more comfortable. She said Roberts remained unconscious Wednesday.
She said doctors are not yet able to give Roberts' wife, LeAnn, any timetable for recovery or when a change could occur in his condition.
"It's way too premature for any of that, and that's what they keep telling her," DuBord said. "They really can't tell you much."
DuBord said doctors are advising patience given the uncertain nature of serious head injuries.
"You can imagine what she's going through," she said of LeAnn Roberts.
It's still not clear how Jon Roberts was hurt. He was found unconscious on the Sitz ski run early Sunday afternoon. He was wearing a helmet and was not found near any trees.
Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. spokesman Mike Lane said Wednesday that Steamboat Ski Patrol members have spoken with a witness to the accident. Lane wouldn't comment on any details of the conversation.
Lane asked any other witnesses to call Ski Patrol at 970-871-5911.
Steamboat Springs Police Chief JD Hays said Tuesday that rumors about a possible collision are speculative and the accident appears to be a one-person crash.
Hays said he plans to speak with Ski Corp. today and view reports about the accident when they're complete.
"I'm expecting to hear something" today, Hays said.