Rider Still Critical After July Crash

Twenty-three-year-old Karl W. “Moose” Hujus of Pagosa Springs is still listed in critical condition after colliding with another vehicle on July 17, 2011.

According to the latest newspaper article, Hujus was travelling eastbound on Highway 160 when the driver of a Subaru Imprezza, Jack Winchester, 87,turned left in front him. Hujus hit the passenger side of the Subaru, where Winchester’s wife Marie was sitting, flew over the top of the vehicle, hit the pavement and somersaulted several times before coming to rest about 55 feet away.

The force of the impact knocked off his helmet and boots.

These types of motorcycle accidents are common. For some reason drivers don’t realize the motorcycle is there and initiate a turn right in the path of the bike. It’s like the eye sees the motorcycle but the brain doesn’t register it as a moving vehicle and the driver just keeps on going.

Luckily, one of the first people on the scene was a former EMT who was able to stabilize Hujus at the site of the accident. Another responder was an anesthesiologist who helped keep his airway clear and several others directed traffic around the accident site until further assistance could arrive. The teamwork exhibited by these random strangers help keep Hujus alive.

The Karl Hujus Benefit Account has been established to help the Hujus family with medical bills. Interested parties can make donations at any Wells Fargo Bank.

Metier Law Firm – Denver Accident Attorney

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