Crash victim returns home to community support |

Crash victim returns home to community support

Josh Nichols

A month after medical experts said he might be hospitalized for a year, a Craig resident who was critically injured in an accident in Idaho is back home.

David Allen Honeycutt, 23, and Craig resident Jeffrey R. Walker, 23, were traveling between St. Anthony, Idaho, and Ashton, Idaho, on Aug. 18 when the vehicle drifted to the right side of the road, overcorrected, hit a post, came back onto the road and rolled twice. Walker was killed in the accident and Honeycutt was flown to Columbia Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center before he was taken to Health South Rehabilitation Center in Colorado Springs where he had been recovering. He returned to Craig Friday.

“His recovery has been a miracle,” said Anna Marie Fender, Honeycutt’s great aunt. “We thought we were in this for the long run.”

Honeycutt is using a walker to get around with his broken leg, and just got wires removed from his jaw, which was broken in the accident.

Honeycutt will travel to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction three times a week for physical therapy, his aunt said.

“He still has a long road of rehabilitation,” she said.

Another one of Honeycutt’s aunts, Paula Morris, had set up a fund in Craig last month to aid in his transfer from the Columbia Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center to Grand Junction so he could be closer to home.

Because of the services required for his recovery, Fender said the decision was made to transfer Honeycutt to Colorado Springs instead.

She said she was not sure how much money was raised in the campaign, but said the outpouring of support financially and emotionally from people in Craig has been amazing.

“He wouldn’t be home already if it weren’t for the support he received from people in Craig,” she said.

Fender encouraged friends to call the Honeycutt’s at home to set up a time to visit.

“Getting a chance to return home and see his friends this week is important,” she said.

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