Two benefits scheduled today for Frisco resident |

Two benefits scheduled today for Frisco resident

Lu Snyder

FRISCO – A Frisco man is paralyzed after a motorcycle accident on Interstate 70 April 1, and friends have organized two fundraisers to help him with expenses for when he returns home in a few months.

Allen “Bucky” McKinley, 23, was flown to St. Anthony’s Central Hospital in Denver April 1.

He was driving his 2000 Suzuki Bandit eastbound on I-70 near Copper Mountain when he lost control of his motorcycle, according to a Colorado State Patrol report.

The bike’s front wheel locked, and McKinley was ejected from the bike when it slid off the left side of the highway.

He was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, state troopers said.

McKinley’s friend and roommate, John Smillie, said McKinley was transferred to Craig Rehabilitation Monday. McKinley will be in rehabilitation for the next six to eight weeks.

He broke his third, fourth, and fifth thoracic vertebrae and might be permanently paralyzed, Smillie said.

Though McKinley has insurance – he is an employee at Holiday Inn in Frisco – Smillie and friends hope to raise money to help defray the costs of a wheelchair, a nurse, and the construction required to make McKinley’s Frisco home wheelchair-accessible.

Smillie said McKinley has suffered some depression since the accident. For the most part, however, he remains optimistic.

“He’s got high spirits,” Smillie said. “Everything’s positive that comes out of his mouth.”

McKinley hopes to walk again, Smillie added.

Smillie and friends Chris Stucker, T. Joseph Hey and Ben Peter have organized benefits for McKinley today at Copper Mountain and Barkley’s in Frisco.

A benefit jib contest (a new-school freestyle contest with rail sessions) for McKinley will be held today at Copper Mountain. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the base of the American Flyer lift. Competition begins at 11, in the rail section of Copper’s terrain park. There is a $10 entry fee – snowboarders and skiers are welcome.

Barkley’s West will host an after-contest party tonight. DJs Maximus, Dos, Step and Knuckles will be there to provide the music. There is no cover charge. Raffle prizes include snowboards, jackets, a night at Copper and more.

Those who cannot attend the benefits but who wish to make a donation may do so at any branch of Community First Bank.

Lu Snyder can be reached at 970-668-3998 x203 or

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