Bad early-morning wreck in Gallatin County: UPDATE
RIDGWAY—A possible drunk driving accident this morning outside of Ridgway lead to a young area man being injured in yet a second accident, and he remains hospitalized in very serious condition.
According to sources in the area, Michael Rapada (son of Carrier Mills-area wrestler Mike “Colorado Kid” Rapada), 23, of Ridgway, was a passenger in a vehicle being driven by Derek Lane (NOT Eric Lane, as originally reported), age not immediately available (although our sources say both of them are of legal drinking age). Both had apparently been drinking and were taking the back roads around Ridgway to get home.
Somewhere on Soybean Road, the vehicle ended up in a ditch.
Rapada reportedly left Lane, who was apparently passed out, in the vehicle and went walking to get help. Our sources aren’t sure why this is the case, as they had a cell phone and could have called for help, unless they simply didn’t want to give anyone in law enforcement the heads-up; reportedly, Rapada is a nephew of Ridgway police chief Mike Kitchens.
Rapada was either slightly injured or still under the influence of something, as, once he got out to the Shawneetown/New Haven road, he either passed out or fell asleep. At around 3:42 a.m., Joyce Lynch, 58, of Ridgway and on her way to work, didn’t see Rapada in the road because of the fog, and struck him with her vehicle.
Rapada was very seriously injured (we’re understanding it was head and facial injuries) and was taken to Ferrell Hospital in Eldorado, where we’re told he was not expected to live. However, he did, and was transferred to a hospital in Evansville where earlier this morning they were waiting on bone trauma specialists to come in and assess his condition.
So far they’ve determined he’s got a broken pelvis and other broken bones, having been crushed underneath Lynch’s car then dragged 75 yards before she could come to a stop. Right now the physicians have reportedly implanted a probe in his brain to detect activity, this after surgery to relieve three spots of bleeding on the brain.
We’ll keep you posted as we learn more.
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