Monday Aug 13 2012
Roll-over accident leaves El Dorado Hills woman in critical conditionBy: Penne Usher, Telegraph Correspondent
An El Dorado Hills woman seriously injured in a rollover accident on the Rubicon Trail remains in critical condition at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. Rachel Gray, 21, was participating in the 60th Annual Jeepers Jamboree June 28 when for unknown reasons the vehicle she was driving rolled on Cadillac Hill in Placer County. Gray was ejected from the vehicle and rolled several feet before the vehicle burst into flames. She suffered third degree burns over 75 percent of her body and also lost a portion of her left leg below the knee. “She got thrown out,” said family spokesman Chris Patton. “The people on scene said she would have been incinerated had she been buckled in.” Charles Casey, spokesman for UD Davis Medical Center said Thursday that Gray’s condition remains “critical.” In a releases statement, El Dorado County Sheriff John D’Agostini said “many people are praying for Rachel’s speedy recovery.” He said the five deputies were on scene and with the cooperation for the Jeepers Jamboree and participants, many of them off-duty fire and law enforcement personnel, the situation was quickly under control and the fire extinguished. “Rachel was in the air ambulance within 17 minutes thanks to those involved and ham radio operators who were on scene,” D’Agostini said. Gray has undergone several skin grafts on her face and arms as well as having the lower portion of her leg amputated. “She’s pretty incredible,” Patton said. “Things are going very well.” He said the Gray is an outgoing athlete, competing in ultra-marathons, is a 4-wheel drive enthusiast and has studied Kung Fu. “She’s very adventurous and such a unique individual,” Patton said. Gray’s mother, Leesa Williams recently wrote an update on the Rachel Anne Gray Foundation Facebook page. “Day 11 and it’s a beautiful one! She continues to rest solidly, seemingly to know this is her greatest avenue to healing and seeing her positive response to the grafts so far, is our proof. Her ocean-sized support crew (all of you) is also instrumental in this because she is getting to hear your messages though Caring Bridge and I have to say, watching her reactions, she knows just how much she is loved. No better medicine than that :) God bless.” A fund has been established to aid in the purchase of a prosthetic device for Gray as well as to help cover mounting medical costs. More information can be found at www.facebook.com/RAGEFoundation#!/RAGEFoundation.