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Steamboat resident Guseman awake, recovering after accident

Mike “Goose” Guseman not yet walking after motorcycle crash

Zach Fridell

— A friend of Steamboat Springs resident Mike "Goose" Guseman said Monday that he is out of a medically induced coma in a Front Range hospital after crashing his motorcycle June 15.

Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Scott Elliott said the investigation into the crash still is ongoing.

He said it appears Guseman, 42, was driving south on Routt County Road 129 near mile marker 21 when he lost control of his bike on a curve in the road.

Guseman's friend, Jake Bur­well, said Guseman has a broken vertebra high in his spine, a broken collarbone, four broken ribs and a punctured lung.

"His head's OK, he'll recover, but his chance of walking isn't very good," Burwell said.

Burwell said doctors reportedly put Guseman's chance of walking at 1 percent, but Guseman is reporting some sensation from his limbs.

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Burwell set up a fund for Guseman at Bank of the West in Steamboat to help defray medical costs. He said he's not sure which Front Range hospital Guseman is in, but he's not quite ready for visitors.

Burwell previously said Guseman is a longtime Steam­boat resident and runs Rocky Mountain Concrete Pumping. Guseman has two children, Burwell said.

Guseman reportedly was riding with another motorcycle at the time of the crash, but there were no other vehicles involved in the crash, and no passenger on the bike. Guseman reportedly was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.