Coleville sisters recover from accident |

Coleville sisters recover from accident

by Merrie Leininger

The three daughters of Roxanne and Darron Rich of Coleville are on the road to recovery and the family wants to thank the community which has rallied around them.

On Nov. 10, Darrah, Megan and Tessa Rich were traveling to Gardnerville with a friend, D.W. Fowler, when a car pulled out in front of them at the intersection of Highway 395 and 208 at Holbrook Junction.

Raymond Sierra, 67, of Coleville, was cited by the Highway Patrol in connection with failure to yield at a stop sign.

On Dec. 12, a benefit dinner was held at the Walker Community Center and about $10,000 was raised for the girls’ medical bills, Roxanne Rich said.

“The community has done more than I have even dreamed of. There were so many people involved. They spent a lot of time at the hospital and visiting the girls here at home. Financially, we’ll just make it work,” she said.

While the $10,000 will help, it will not cover all the bills. One of the girls was not covered by any insurance, Roxanne said, and there are some amounts to pay that insurance won’t cover for her other two daughters.

She said some of the money might also go to help D.W., who she said was covered by insurance.

n Recovering. Tessa, 11, is the youngest girl and the only one still in school. She is a 6th grader at Antelope Elementary School and has already gone back to school.

Her mother said Tessa has some memory problems, but the doctors have said it is normal for up to a year after an accident.

Megan, 18, was driving the car at the time of the accident, and still has some problems with one knee and vision loss in one eye. She has had plastic surgery on her nose to correct damage caused by broken bones. However, she is moving on and will start studying graphic arts at Western Nevada Community College next week.

Darrah, 20, will have to go back into surgery, Roxanne said. She bit her tongue off during the accident and will require further treatments.

Roxanne said D.W. Fowler still has “aches and pains, but is pretty good.”

She said D.W.’s presence in the car probably saved the life of one of the children.

“The car around him was demolished, but he’s a really big kid,” she said.

A trust fund set up for the girls at Bank of America in the Gardnerville Raley’s is still open and anyone can donate to the family at that branch.