Wednesday Dec 10 2008
Man hit by pickup truck fights for life
By: Gus Thomson Journal Staff Writer
A Sacramento man struck by a pickup and critically injured a week ago while crossing North Auburn’s Highway 49 on foot continues to fight for his life, a family member said Wednesday. Alan Korsrud, 39, remained in Sutter Roseville Medical Center’s trauma unit with extensive head and leg injuries. His wife, Cindy, said Alan’s parents have flown in from Idaho to be at his bedside as he lies in a coma. His 4-year-old son, David, hasn’t been told the details of an accident that occurred at the Atwood Road-Highway 49 intersection. Cindy said that the California Highway Patrol is still piecing together the circumstances. “I’m still in shock,” Cindy Korsrud said. “It’s hard to believe. I’ve only told our son that his daddy got hit by a car, he’s in the hospital and he’s going to be fixed.” Witnesses say Korsrud, who had just been released from Placer County Jail, walked out into traffic. He was hit in the leg by a skidding pickup and he ended up 35 feet away, lying unconscious in the road. His wife had come to North Auburn to pick him up and saw slowed traffic near the intersection but had no idea it was delayed by an accident involving her husband. Cindy said she returned to the couple’s Sacramento home after checking the jail and nearby stores with no idea where her husband was. Korsrud suffered two skull fractures, including one that shattered his eye socket. He has a fractured jaw, a brain stem contusion, fractured femur and collapsed lung. Doctors said that if Alan hadn’t been a large man and very healthy, the injuries could have been much worse, Cindy said. Alan, who owns a satellite TV installation business, is about 6-feet-3-inches tall and weighs 220 pounds. He had been in jail after being stopped and arrested on an outstanding warrant after going to the Thunder Valley Casino on Nov. 27, Cindy said. Cindy returned to Auburn this week to retrieve her dog, which had been in their vehicle when Alan was stopped. The Placer County Animal Shelter had heard of her circumstances and waived about $300 that normally would have been needed to get the dog out. With Alan now in a coma and no indication when he would be healthy enough to return home, Shane Lewis, a friend of the family, said he’s attempting to set up a fund at a local bank to aid the Korsruds. The Journal’s Gus Thomson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.