Preaus recovering from car wreck
SILVERTHORNE – Sue Preaus, who was involved in a serious three-car accident Jan. 18, is talking on her own after doctors removed the ventilator that has been breathing for her for the past week.
“She’s doing really well,” said Kelly Butler, a family friend. “She’s such a trooper. Yesterday (Tuesday) was the most optimistic I’ve heard (husband) Dave. She’s in great spirits, her reflexes are great; it’s been good news all day.”
Preaus, a Silverthorne resident who works at the Breckenridge Recreation Center, was seriously injured in a wreck on Interstate 70 in Clear Creek County. A car going eastbound lost control, veered across the median and crashed into her car. That driver suffered a broken leg; the driver in a third car in the accident was not injured.
The wreck threw Preaus’ five-month-old son, Teddy, from the vehicle. Preaus suffered a crushed pelvis and broken bones in her leg and neck.
She has undergone several surgeries, including one to remove blood clots from her neck. She still has a couple more surgeries to go, however, Butler said.
“She will be fully recovered, eventually,” Butler said. “But recovery is going to be tough.”
Preaus will remain in surgical intensive care for a couple of days and in the hospital for a few more weeks until her legs can bear weight.
Her son suffered a broken femur when he was tossed from the vehicle. He has been released from Children’s Hospital to his grandparents.
The Summit County community has rallied around the Preaus family.
Breckenridge Town Councilmember Ernie Blake and his fiance and philanthropist Sharon Magness offered their ranch on the Front Range for use while Preaus recovers. Officials at Carriage House, where Teddy attends preschool three days a week, have offered to let him stay five days a week. And Alpine Bank has set up a fund to help defray the costs associated with the accident.
– Jane Stebbins
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