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Truckee man in critical condition after wreck

Courtesy photoTruckee resident Jim Wilson stands with his wife, Lynde, in this undated photo. Wilson is in severely critical condition following a motorcycle accident earlier this week.
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Truckee resident Jim Wilson was in severely critical condition Thursday after a van hit his motorcycle head-on earlier in the week.

Wilson, 47, was riding his motorcycle through Lake County on Tuesday, when the driver a 1994 Plymouth van crossed into his lane on Highway 29 near Konocti Bay late in the afternoon, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Wilson, who is the electrical superintendent of the Truckee Donner Public Utility District, was thrown over the bike’s handlebars and onto the van’s windshield.



It is unclear why the van’s driver, Jorge Guzman, 26, reportedly drifted into the oncoming lane, but law enforcement officials believe that Guzman was trying to make a left turn into a parking lot and crossed into the turn lane prematurely, said CHP Officer Mike Humble.

Wilson was wearing a helmet, Humble said, but suffered extensive injuries to his internal organs, pelvis and extremities. He was airlifted to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.



Wilson was immediately taken into emergency surgery to stabilize his severely crushed pelvis, and scans were performed to evaluate his brain and spine, which appeared to suffer only minor injury, according to a release by the Truckee Donner Public Utility District. He is heavily sedated and remains unconscious.

The van’s driver was arrested on suspicion of driving without a license and was put on immigration hold when he was unable to produce valid documentation, according to the CHP. Guzman was uninjured and his passenger, who’s name was unavailable, suffered minor cuts to his hand.

Wilson’s wife, Lynde, and his children Katie, Kelly and Adam have been with him at the hospital. Utility district Assistant General Manager Stephen Hollabaugh and engineer Joe Horvath are also with the family.

Donations can be made to financially assist the Jim Wilson family at the Truckee branch of the U.S. Bank at 10995 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA 96161. Call 587-4696 for more information. An additional account is available for the Adam Wilson College Scholarship Fund at the same bank.Truckee resident Jim Wilson was in severely critical condition Thursday after a van hit his motorcycle head-on earlier in the week.

Wilson, 47, was riding his motorcycle through Lake County on Tuesday, when the driver a 1994 Plymouth van crossed into his lane on Highway 29 near Konocti Bay late in the afternoon, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Wilson, who is the electrical superintendent of the Truckee Donner Public Utility District, was thrown over the bike’s handlebars and onto the van’s windshield.

It is unclear why the van’s driver, Jorge Guzman, 26, reportedly drifted into the oncoming lane, but law enforcement officials believe that Guzman was trying to make a left turn into a parking lot and crossed into the turn lane prematurely, said CHP Officer Mike Humble.

Wilson was wearing a helmet, Humble said, but suffered extensive injuries to his internal organs, pelvis and extremities. He was airlifted to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.

Wilson was immediately taken into emergency surgery to stabilize his severely crushed pelvis, and scans were performed to evaluate his brain and spine, which appeared to suffer only minor injury, according to a release by the Truckee Donner Public Utility District. He is heavily sedated and remains unconscious.

The van’s driver was arrested on suspicion of driving without a license and was put on immigration hold when he was unable to produce valid documentation, according to the CHP. Guzman was uninjured and his passenger, who’s name was unavailable, suffered minor cuts to his hand.

Wilson’s wife, Lynde, and his children Katie, Kelly and Adam have been with him at the hospital. Utility district Assistant General Manager Stephen Hollabaugh and engineer Joe Horvath are also with the family.

Donations can be made to financially assist the Jim Wilson family at the Truckee branch of the U.S. Bank at 10995 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA 96161. Call 587-4696 for more information. An additional account is available for the Adam Wilson College Scholarship Fund at the same bank.


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