Yuma teen seriously injured in accident

Yuma teenager Miles Clark is in the Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland dealing with multiple serious injuries following a two-vehicle accident south of town last Thursday night.

A GoFundMe page has been set up online to help Miles and his family with the medical bills and associated costs that will be adding up quickly. He is the son of Tammy Barker. One also can donate money through Venmo to @Tammy-Barker-82, or CashApp at $TammyBarker82.

The driver of the other vehicle, Karrie Mainord, 40, of Yuma sustained moderate injuries and was released from Yuma District Hospital.

Miles Clark, 18, is a senior at Yuma High School.

The accident occurred at about 9 p.m. last Thursday, March 21, at the intersection of Highway 59 and Yuma County Road 35, three miles south of Yuma.

According to the Colorado State Patrol report, a silver 2014 Chevrolet Cruze driven by Clark was eastbound on Road 35, approaching Highway 59. A black 2014 GMC Sierra pickup driven by Mainord was southbound on Highway 59 approaching Road 35.

According to the report, the Cruze disregarded the stop sign at the intersection, and entered the roadway eastbound. The front of the GMC Sierra collided wit the driver’s side of the Chevrolet Cruze. The report states that Clark was not using his seat belt. Mainord was using hers. Both drivers were taken to Yuma District Hospital by ambulance. Clark was flown to Medical Center of the Rockies with multiple serious injuries.

Clark reportedly underwent major heart surgery with an aortic stint placement. He had chest tubes placed in both lungs as they had collapsed. He also had several fractures throughout his upper body, including clavicle, ribs and jaw that will need to be surgically repaired. He also has a lacerated spleen.

His mother told the Pioneer that Miles was going to have surgery earlier this week to have metal screws put in his mouth and his jaw wired shut for two weeks. He also has a chest tube on his left and right side to drain air and fluid.

Excessive speed, and alcohol/drug use, are not suspected.