Grand Lake "Benefit planned for woman seriously injured in motorcycle accident
April 7, 2008
“I just about lost her,” said Grand Lake’s Sandy Hoff, mother of the 31 year-old victim of a serious motorcycle accident in Denver.
“I prayed 10 times more than I ever have in my life,” she said.
The Pancho and Lefty’s manager is relieved to report that daughter Kristy Hoff of Grand Lake is now beyond the critical stages of her injuries and on her way to rehabilitation.
The 1995 Middle Park High School graduate found smiling behind the bar at Pancho and Lefty’s the past 13 years was released from Swedish Hospital on Wednesday.
Taking a quick errand trip, Hoff was with boyfriend Peter Himelright traveling north on Kipling Avenue when the driver of an oncoming car attempted to make a left-hand turn and collided with the Harley and couple.
“It wasn’t Kristy or Peter’s fault,” Sandy said. “A lady from the opposite direction was making a left-hand turn and she thought she could make it so she gunned it.”
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Upon impact, Hoff was thrown an estimated 15 feet into the air, landing on the opposite side of the car. She sustained 10 broken bones, including pelvis, skull and a damaged eye socket. In critical care three days and in the trauma ward four days, Hoff was then moved to in-house rehabilitation.
Himelright, of Denver, had minor injuries.
Doctors reported Hoff suffered moderate damage to her brain. She was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
“She’s walking, she’s talking, she’s herself,” Sandy said, adding that Hoff will be unable to work for a few months while she undergoes intense physical therapy. She’s expected to return to Grand Lake in two weeks.
“Doctors say she is such a tough girl from what she went through,” Sandy said.
Hoff has insurance, but her medical expenses exceed the coverage.
To help cover expenses incurred, friends of Hoff are hosting a benefit at Pancho and Lefty’s.
Donations also can be made to “Kristy Hoff Fund” at Grand Mountain Bank.
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