Fundraising underway for South Lake Tahoe local in critical condition
CORRECTION: Previously this article incorrectly stated that Teresa Anderson was released on bail after being arrested for allegedly hitting her husband Tim Anderson with a car. According to officials at the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department, Teresa was arrested and then subsequently released; the investigation is ongoing.
Longtime South Lake Tahoe resident Tim Anderson remains in critical condition after an incident in August left him with serious injuries and steep medical bills. Fundraising efforts are underway.
On Aug. 24 Anderson, 62, was hit by a car — driven by his wife, Teresa, 58 — in their driveway. The 40-year South Shore resident and flooring contractor was airlifted to Renown Medical Center in Reno with internal injuries, a broken pelvis and broken ribs.
Anderson’s wife told the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department that it was an accident; however, she was arrested the night of the incident for assault with a deadly weapon. She has since been released, and the investigation is ongoing, said officials at the sheriff’s department.
Anderson’s condition is still considered critical.
“He was breathing for 11 hours on his own today. He still has the tracheotomy and cannot talk. This will be in place for another two to three weeks as he tries to breathe on his own,” wrote Kelly O’Haire on Sept. 11 on the GoFundMe page she set up for Anderson.
“His fever is down and he smiled when he heard that the Raiders won today. It is a miracle that he is still with us. Thank you all for your prayers and love sent Tim’s way.”
Anderson’s GoFundMe page has accumulated close to $20,700 dollars — raised by 81 donations in five days — and has an ultimate goal of $85,000. His sons are overseeing his finances with the help of a lawyer.
Anderson is an avid fisherman, snowboarder, dirt biker, and surfer. He has three sons — Christian, Corey and Cameron. His youngest son Cameron just graduated from South Lake Tahoe High School this year.
A fundraising event has also been scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 24, at Steamer’s Bar and Grill, located at 2236 Lake Tahoe Blvd., from 2-5 p.m. A $20 cover donation includes two drink tokens for beer and wine. There will be live music, a silent auction and a raffle. Net proceeds from food and beverage sales will go to Anderson’s fund.
“Tim is going to have a long road to recovery and rehabilitation, as he learns to walk again. Tim did not have medical benefits and he will not be able to work for a long time,” wrote O’Haire.
“Your donation of any size will help with Tim’s rehabilitation efforts.”