Family says daughter improving but remains in critical condition following weekend car accident |

Family says daughter improving but remains in critical condition following weekend car accident

The mother of a South Lake Tahoe preschool teacher who has been in a coma since Saturday following a single-car accident said today that her daughter is showing signs of improvement although she still remains in critical condition.

April Krouskoupf, 22, is in an induced coma in the ICU ward of Renown Medical Center in Reno because both of her lungs are collapsed.

As soon as she shows signs that her lungs can function, she will likely remain in the induced coma for another three to four days, her mother, Lisa Krouskoupf, told the Tahoe Daily Tribune.

The family received good news today from doctors who told them their daughter, a Kindertown preschool teacher, didn’t receive brain damage and that she did not have any spinal injuries.

Meanwhile, the investigation continues into the single-car accident that happened early Saturday morning at around 1 a.m. at 10th Avenue and Taylor Street in South Lake Tahoe.

The driver of the vehicle, Patrick Curtis, 24, of South Lake, Tahoe made bail and was released from El Dorado County Jail on Monday night. He is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing sometime possibly in November, according to the El Dorado County district attorney’s office.

Results of a blood test show that Curtis had an alcohol level of 1.6, well past the legal limit, authorities said. The El Dorado County district attorney’s office plans to bring charges to Curtis, for suspicion of driving under the influence and a violation of probation, said Lisa Serafini, deputy district attorney.

“He is absolutely, unequivocally going to be charged with, at a minimum, driving under the influence and a probation violation,” Serafini said, adding the DAs office is monitoring Krouskoupf’s condition.

“Her medical condition is a key factor in determining which criminal charges to file,” Serafini said.

Curtis had a previous misdemeanor driving under the influence conviction in 2006, authorities said. He told police officers that his driving privileges were suspended at the time of the accident because he had not completed his DUI classes from his previous DUI, officials said.

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