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Wilson’s condition still serious one week after accident

Jim Wilson, 47 of Truckee, remains in serious condition following a head-on collision Sept. 12 that sent him flying off of his motorcycle and onto the windshield of a van.

Wilson has become more alert and is now responding to his wife, Lindy, and their three children, though he remains heavily sedated to minimize pain and further injury, said family friend Laura Whitmire.

“He has opened an eye and moved his left arm, and he’s responding to Lindy’s voice” though he is not speaking, said Stephen Hollabaugh, who was with the Wilson family until Saturday.

“(Last) Tuesday night they were giving him a 1 percent chance of survival,” Hollabaugh said. “He survived surgery on Thursday and that was positive, and since then his blood pressure has gotten better. For [doctors] to even say that he’s close to stable is a miracle in itself.”

In the past week, Wilson has undergone a number of successful surgeries at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital to stabilize his crushed pelvis and to repair his damaged colon, though more surgeries will be necessary to repair and monitor the area and other internal organs.

He will also require attention to his fractured arm, leg and ribs on the right side, Whitmire said.

Wilson incurred damage to his lungs, which resulted in him developing pneumonia, for which he is also being treated. He has been experiencing complications with his liver function and has been placed on dialysis to address that issue as well.

“He’s taking baby steps, but it’s going to be months and months,” Hollabaugh said. “He’s trending in the right direction.”

Wilson, electrical superintendent of the Truckee Donner Public Utility District and longtime Truckee resident, was struck by a van last week while riding his motorcycle in Lake County near Konocti Bay.

The van’s driver, Jorge Guzman, 26, reportedly drifted into the oncoming lane.

Guzman was arrested on suspicion of driving without a license and was put on immigration hold and is being held without bond after he was unable to produce valid documentation. Guzman was unharmed and his passenger sustained minor cuts.

Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital has requested no calls be made to the hospital. In addition, visitors have been limited to immediate family members only.

For more information and to follow Jim’s progress, check out http://www.jimwilsoninfo.com

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