Victim in accident on Three Mile Road in Glenwood Springs is in St. Mary’s intensive care
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” A 2008 Jeep Rubicon that rolled 275 feet down the hillside off Three Mile Road on Friday, Nov. 21, left one man critically injured.
The injured man was identified as 45-year-old Shayne Rippy by his brother, Steve Rippy of New Castle.
According to Steve, Shayne Rippy is in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction where he remains in a coma after sustaining “massive head injuries” from the accident.
As of Tuesday, Dec. 2, Steve said that Shayne was still in ICU and there was no change in his condition.
“Obviously he’s in serious condition,” Steve said. “He’s unresponsive at the moment.”
According to Colorado State Patrol Capt. Rich Duran, the accident occurred while the driver of the Jeep Rubicon, Ty Trulove, attempted to back down a narrow section of the road to let another car safely pass. Duran said that one of the rear wheels of the Jeep caught the road’s soft shoulder, causing the Jeep to roll down the hillside.
Steve said that he had spoken with Trulove after the accident and that Trulove was doing fine, physically.
Shayne Rippy was ejected from the vehicle and was partially trapped underneath the Jeep’s removable top when Glenwood Springs Fire Department arrived on scene.
Fire department Chief Mike Piper said that the GSFD was notified while en route to the scene that Trulove was being transported by another private citizen’s vehicle to Valley View Hospital, where he was later treated and released.
However, the fire department did not know the identity or the condition of Trulove at that time.
Shayne Rippy was transported to Valley View by the fire department and then flown to St. Mary’s.
State Patrol issued no citations in the accident.
Shayne Rippy is also the brother of Harley “Dow” Rippy of Silt, who was sentenced to two years of probation after pleading guilty to a traffic offense that killed a passenger in August 2006.
Contact John Gardner: 384-9114
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