Accident victim battling for life |

Accident victim battling for life

A woman who was critically injured in a three-vehicle wreck in the midvalley March 8 still hasn’t regained consciousness.Bonnie Snyder’s injuries include a bruise of her brain, a fractured skull and a broken neck, according to her cousin, Candie Ashleigh.”Originally they thought she had been paralyzed but when they scrape the bottom of her foot she moves that foot,” Ashleigh said.Snyder was flown by helicopter to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction shortly after the accident. She remains in critical condition.Snyder, 45, is a lifelong resident of the Roaring Fork Valley who grew up in Missouri Heights. She lives in Carbondale and owns an upholstery business, Ashleigh said. Snyder isn’t married and doesn’t have kids, but her father and a brother live in the area.She was the victim of an accident that was caused through no fault of her own. Snyder was driving downvalley on Highway 82 near the Dakota subdivision at 9:14 a.m. when a Toyota Land Cruiser crossed the median of the highway and sideswiped her Toyota pickup. Snyder’s truck spun out of control, rolled into the right ditch and ejected her from the driver’s window. She was partially pinned under the truck.Snyder wasn’t wearing a seat belt, according to investigators with the Colorado State Patrol.Ashleigh said doctors took a bone from Snyder’s hip and inserted it in her neck. She also underwent a tracheotomy on Wednesday. It’s unknown how the brain injury affected her motor skills.”She hasn’t come to since the accident,” Ashleigh said.Flowers and other gifts aren’t accepted in the intensive care unit at the hospital, so Ashleigh suggested people instead offer prayers for Snyder.Meanwhile, the conditions of two well known Basalt residents who were also injured in the accident have improved significantly, according to a co-worker.Patrick Seurynck and Joanie Haggerty, who are both real estate agents for Basalt Realty, were en route to River Valley Ranch to look at property when the Land Cruiser driven by Richard Tallman crossed the median and clipped Snyder’s pickup. The state patrol report indicated Seurynck could do nothing to avoid the Land Cruiser. Seurynck’s 2002 Audi station wagon skidded 150 feet before colliding head-on with the Land Cruiser.Seurynck and Haggerty were taken to Valley View Hospital with various injuries. Haggerty was then taken to a Denver hospital.Haggerty suffered a broken bone in her left arm, a fractured pelvis and a concussion, according to John Swanson, who works with her at Basalt Realty.Seurynck suffered a broken left arm, a broken right ankle and a concussion, Swanson said.”Given the severity of the accident and their injuries, we are so lucky they are still with us,” Swanson said.He said both of them have recovered remarkably well. Both have been taken out of intensive care units. Haggerty is already taking steps with a walker.Swanson credited the Basalt fire department for responding to the accident quickly and getting the victims to the hospital. “Their preparedness is what made for a happy ending,” he said.Tallman is facing three charges of careless driving causing bodily injury. He was initially identified as a resident of Carbondale but the state patrol later said he is from Newport Beach, Calif. Drugs or alcohol didn’t play a role in the crash, according to the state patrol.Scott Condon’s e-mail address is

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