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Teen hurt in rollover is in good condition

Tamera Manzanares

— Stormie Beach, the 16-year-old Hayden teen seriously injured in a June rollover accident, continues to improve and should be home from the hospital in about two weeks, family friend Justin Gevara said.

“I’ve spoken to Stormie on the phone,” he said. “She has a lot to say because she hasn’t been able to talk for a while.”

Beach was in good condition at Children’s Hospital in Denver on Tuesday, hospital spokeswoman Rachel Robinson said.

Beach was transferred to Children’s Hospital about a week ago after spending more than three weeks in the intensive care unit at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction.

In the early morning hours of June 20, a car carrying Stormie Beach and eight other people from Hayden and Craig rolled down an embankment west of Hayden. None of the occupants was wearing seat belts, and all but one was transported to area hospitals, the Colorado State Patrol reported.

Stormie Beach’s brother, Chase Beach, 18, was among those injured. All those injured except Stormie Beach had been released by the end of June.

Within days of the accident, Trooper Rick Kaspar asked Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James to charge the car’s driver, 23-year-old Tomas Marquez of Hayden, with careless driving and driving under the influence of alcohol.

As of Tuesday, no charges had been filed against Marquez, who allowed troopers to test for alcohol in his blood after the accident.

St. James did not return several calls from the Hayden Valley Press and it is unclear whether the results of the blood test are available.

Friends of the Beach family have started a donation fund to help with Stormie Beach’s piling medical costs. Contributions may be made at any First National Bank of the Rockies.

— To reach Tamera Manzanares, call 871-4204 or e-mail tmanzanares@steamboatpilot.com


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