Pedestrian vs. automobile update
One week ago, longtime locals Kirk and Diana Baker experienced every parent’s nightmare. They received a phone call from the police stating that their daughter, Lauren Jackson, had been hit by a car and was being rushed to the emergency room.
This was not the case of a careless pedestrian crossing Highway 82 against the light. Lauren is a very responsible 20-year-old who had just left her college classroom at CMC and was simply trying to catch the bus home after dark. Unfortunately, she did not make it all the way across the highway before her light turned red and oncoming traffic began coming her way.
Lauren was hit by a car and thrown 17 feet in the air, landing on her face. She suffered two broken bones in her lower right leg, torn tendons and ligaments in her left ankle, and many facial fractures and abrasions.
After several critical days in ICU, Lauren is slowly recovering at AVH and may be discharged as soon as this weekend. But she still has a long road to go for recovery.
Her family is with her 24/7 and has not asked for help but, as a friend, I am aware of one immediate need that they have and am asking for assistance from the community. Due to the severity of her injuries, Lauren will be confined to a wheelchair for a minimum of two months. She is unable to bear weight on either leg. Her family is trying to figure out how to quickly either build a wheelchair ramp outside their home or install some type of mechanical lift in order to bring Lauren home. I would like to reach out to our wonderful community and ask on behalf of the Bakers that if anyone has carpentry skills and/or supplies to help solve this dilemma for them, then now is the time to step forward and help out this fine family.
Kirk has worked at Aspen Skiing Co. as an instructor for more than 35 years. And Diana, she just does everything. She would be the very first person on your doorstep to help you if you needed it. Either one would give you the shirt off their back. Please call Kirk directly at 948-1766 if you can help with the ramp or mechanical lift.
Despite her serious injuries, Lauren retains her cheerful, indomitable spirit. While she was still in ICU she even managed to wrangle a lifelong promise from her younger brother to never pick on her ever again for the rest of her life. Any well wishes for Lauren can be mailed to: 315 Oak Lane, Aspen, CO 81611. You may also receive updates about Lauren on the Facebook page created for her named: “Lauren’s Recovery Group.”
We, her friends, have set up the Lauren Jackson Fund at Alpine Bank to help defray Lauren’s mounting medical bills should you wish to help her in that way. Donations in any amount would be greatly appreciated.
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