Truckee man in coma breathing without assistance |

Truckee man in coma breathing without assistance

A 45-year-old Truckee man struck by a car early on Thanksgiving morning on Interstate 80 remains in a coma but is now breathing on his own.

Heading westbound on I-80 near Floriston on Nov. 23, Kevin Macrorie got out of his vehicle to check on an accident when he was struck by another vehicle driven by an off-duty California Highway Patrol officer. Both accidents were attributed to icy conditions on the road.

Debbie Macrorie, Kevin Macrorie’s sister, said he remains in a coma but is breathing on his own.

“It means that the brain is able to send the signal to take a breath,” Debbie Macrorie said. “We are still hopeful he will wake up soon.”

Because of this improvement Kevin Macrorie has been moved from Renown Health center’s intensive-care unit to Tahoe Pacific Hospital in Reno, Debbie Macrorie said. Tahoe Pacific provides long-term acute care.

Debbie Macrorie said the family still doesn’t have much information on Kevin Macrorie’s condition.

“Doctors can’t tell much with a severe head injury ” they just don’t know what will happen,” she said.

The Truckee community, meanwhile, is supportive of the Macrorie family.

“The community support has been amazing ” an outpouring of love,” Debbie Macrorie said. “It makes you realize how lucky you are to live here.”

Kevin Macrorie’s wife, Mary Beth, and his three daughters have been spending as much time with him in the hospital as possible, Debbie Macrorie said.

“We are hoping and praying he wakes up soon,” Debbie Macrorie said, “but he will probably have a very, very long rehabilitation ahead of him.”

Donation canisters have been set up at each checkstand at the Truckee Albertsons for people in the community to help the Macrories.

An account has also been set up at the Truckee branch of the Wells Fargo Bank, and donations can be made both at the branch and online to help the family.

The account number is 5229487342, and people with Wells Fargo accounts can do direct transfers, and those with other accounts can use bill pay

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