Silhasek recovering after bike-car accident

A Cache la Poudre Middle School student remains hospitalized following a collision between his bicycle and a car on County Road 54G near Vern’s Restaurant on Nov. 13.

James Silhasek, 13, of LaPorte was transported to the Level II Trauma Center at Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland with multiple serious injuries after the accident. He spent several days in the intensive care unit there before being transferred to Poudre Valley Hospital after Thanksgiving, according to his older sister Deanna. She said he is making good progress with his recovery and wants to come home as soon as possible.

“We want to thank the community for the outpouring of love and support,” she said. “Driving from LaPorte to MCR two or three times a day gets expensive, so the gas cards (donated by CLP parents) were really appreciated.”

The Colorado State Patrol reported that Silhasek was crossing CR54G about 6:15 p.m. when he collided with a Volvo driven by Deanna O’Connell, 48, of LaPorte. Silhasek was not wearing a helmet at the time. No citations have been issued.

CLP Principal Skip Caddoo said Silhasek is not expected to return to school this semester, but his schedule will depend on his rehabilitation needs. Caddoo added that the school will be able to accommodate any special needs Silhasek may have, such as a wheelchair, when he returns to class.

When he does, he will have a new bike and helmet waiting for him, Caddoo said, donated by Peleton Cycles in Fort Collins.

Lori Middleton, office manager for the school, is coordinating donations for the family. She can be reached at 970-488-7401.

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