Wilson still in critical condition after motorcycle accident
October 3, 2006
Truckee resident Jim Wilson remains in critical condition at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital three weeks after a motorcycle collision near Konocti Bay almost killed him.
Wilson sustained massive trauma to his internal organs, and doctors have been performing surgeries almost daily to repair his damaged colon, stomach, gal bladder and lungs. Doctors have also put Wilson under the knife to repair his crushed pelvis, broken leg and broken arm, said family friend Laura Whitmire.
Wilson’s skull, brain and spine were not damaged in the crash.
During the second week of his hospital stay, Wilson began responding to the voice of his wife, Lindy, and his three children, Katie, Kellie and Adam. He is still responsive, but cannot move or speak because doctors have heavily sedated him in order to minimize pain and the risk of further injury, Whitmire said.
The main medical concerns at this point are Wilson’s kidneys. They are not functioning properly, and his bilirubin level is low, which means that his sugar level is low and the healing process is slowed. Wilson’s blood pressure has also been irregular.
Wilson, electrical superintendent of the Truckee Donner Public Utility District and longtime Truckee resident, was riding his motorcycle through Lake County on Sept. 12 when a van crossed into his lane. Wilson had no time to react, and crashed into the van. He was thrown from his bike and onto the vehicle’s windshield.