Grand County welcomes Zack Peterson back from hospital |

Grand County welcomes Zack Peterson back from hospital

Grand Lake and the rest of the Grand County community are welcoming home 18-year-old Zack Peterson, who was seriously injured in a traffic accident this summer.

Peterson, the son of Jim Peterson and Suzi Maki of Grand Lake, was released last week from Denver’s Craig Hospital, a world-famous medical facility that specializes in rehabilitating patients suffering from spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries. Peterson’s injuries have left him partially paralyzed.

A couple of local fundraising events are planned in Peterson’s honor over the next couple of weeks. The first will be on Saturday, Oct. 4, at the 11 a.m. home soccer game between Middle Park High and Pinnacle. The admission fees will be donated to help Peterson’s recovery.

The second fundraising event is the benefit concert and chili supper scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Grand Lake Community House. The event will feature a cash bar with wine and beer, and live music by Peggy Mann, Steve Cormey and Brad Pregeant. Concert tickets are $10 (available at the door). The chili supper is $6 per person. For more information, call (970) 531-2170.

A fund has also been set up at Grand Mountain Bank for donations to help the Peterson family. Donations for the “Zachary Peterson Fund” may be made at any branch or mailed to PO. Box 749 Grand Lake, CO 80447.

Peterson was involved in a one-vehicle accident just after midnight Sunday, July 13, on U.S. Highway 34 a couple miles from his Grand Lake home. An accident investigation showed he fell asleep behind the wheel.

Due to the seriousness of the 18-year-old’s injuries, a Flight For Life helicopter landed adjacent to the accident site and he was flown directly to St. Anthony’s Central Hospital in Denver. He underwent several hours of surgery to save his life. Along with his other serious injuries, he damaged his spinal cord.

Peterson was one of the 88 seniors of the Class of 2008 at Middle Park High School who graduated on May 31. During his high school years, he was a star athlete earning varsity letters in boys soccer, wrestling and track. He was one of the Panthers’ five athletes who qualified and competed in the 2008 Colorado High School Track and Field Championships held in Pueblo last May.

The Sky-Hi Daily News plans to interview Peterson and his family for an article to appear in an upcoming edition.

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