Kenyon was airlifted to Grand Junction after suffering an unknown level of brain trauma and has made slight improvements in her recovery since the accident. Writing on the website caringbridge.org, which will be used to update recovery progress, Kenyon’s mother, Trudy Kenyon, stated on Tuesday that Amber had made a number of “great little baby steps” since arriving at the hospital. So far, she’s opened her eyes several times throughout the day and had one episode where she opened her eyes when a nurse asked her to do so.
Amber received two sessions with a ventilator in CPAP mode, which Trudy described as a self initiated breathing mode, for roughly four hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon.
“It took a lot of effort and I know it will make a big difference in the long run,” Trudy wrote.
The accident occurred just after 9 p.m. at milepost 63.5 near a fairly significant turn in the road. Colorado State Patrol Trooper Darel Reed said Kenyon was driving a 1999 Subaru Forester south on dry roads when she lost control of her vehicle and rotated to the outside of the curve. Officials believe the rear of her car hit spots of icy road treatment on the road’s shoulder causing the car to rotate even further. Her car then traveled back into the southbound lane and across into the northbound lane where she collided head-on with the front left quarter panel of a Cadillac Escalade driven by an Arizona resident.
Reed said Kenyon was not wearing a seatbelt.
The driver and four other passengers of the Escalade were taken to local medical facilities for treatment of minor injuries and then released.
While working at the ski school, Kenyon has been regularly employed at Telluride Truffle since the spring of 2010. Telluride Truffle owner Patty Denny was quick to say on Tuesday that Kenyon’s attitude is one-of-a-kind.
“She’s one of the best employees I’ve ever had,” Denny said. “She’s effortlessly responsible and you can really count on her. She’s as good as gold. If somebody deserves to get through this, it’s Amber.”
The Enterprise Bar and Grille,in Rico, will host a candlelight vigil for Kenyon Saturday, Jan. 21, at 8:30 p.m., and a fundraiser. A silent auction/fundraiser is planned for Feb. 4; details to come.