Local cyclist recovering after crash
A month and a half after Ken Brown fell from his road bike near Alpine Meadows and severely injured his face and head, the avid cyclist and former owner of the Truckee Trattoria is making a steady recovery.
Brown, who slipped into a coma after the mysterious May 25 crash that had no apparent cause, is now walking, talking and eating, according to his wife, Liz. He is expected to be released from the hospital at the end of July.
“He’s progressing well,” Liz Brown said from the hospital in Santa Clara where Ken is receiving therapy treatment and additional tests.
Because Ken Brown injured his head in the crash, he has lost some memory, and has had to relearn to walk, talk, eat and read. But through it all, his ability to speak Spanish and his sense of humor have not faded, said Liz Brown.
“He’s able to speak Spanish and we’re going to test his Italian and Hebrew soon,” she said.
The rehab will be a very long process, Liz Brown said, but getting out of the hospital and continuing Ken’s recovery in Truckee is what the couple is looking forward to now.
“We’re looking forward to being back in our community and with our friends,” she said.
Friends of the Browns have pitched in by donating to support fund that has raised more than $8,500 so far for Ken’s recovery. Part of the donations came from a fund-raiser held at Zano’s that raised more than $1,400, said Tom Grossman, who has headed up the fund.
“I am very, very happy for Ken and Liz that they have so many friends that would donate so generously,” Grossman said.
The support from friends in town has been strong and welcome, Liz Brown said.
“It’s a great town we live in,” she said. “We have great support.”