Beach moved to Denver hospital |

Beach moved to Denver hospital

— A Hayden teen seriously injured in a rollover accident was transferred to Children’s Hospital in Denver after spending more than three weeks in the intensive care unit at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction.

Stormie Beach, 16, was in fair condition in Denver on Tuesday, said Children’s Hospital spokeswoman Rachel Robinson, who could not give the reason for the transfer because of privacy laws.

Devra Ashby of St. Mary’s Hospital said Beach was taken to Denver late last week or early this week.

Beach was airlifted to Grand Junction on June 20 after the car she was riding in with eight people from Hayden and Craig rolled down an embankment on U.S. Highway 40 west of Hayden.

None of the car’s occupants was wearing a seat belt and seven were taken to area hospitals with serious injuries, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

All those injured except Beach were released by June 26.

Investigators suspect the car’s driver, 22-year-old Tomas Marquez, was driving carelessly and under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.

As of Tuesday, no charges had been filed against Marquez, Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James said.

He declined to comment on whether the results of Marquez’s blood test were available.

Friends of the Beach family have started a donation fund to help with Beach’s medical costs, which Medicaid will only partially cover because the car in the accident was not insured.

Contributions may be made to the Libby Beach (Stormie Beach’s mother) Fund at any First National Bank of the Rockies.

— To reach Tamera Manzanares, call 871-4204 or e-mail

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