Investigators seeks details to girl’s injuries
Investigators are seeking an explanation for an accident that seriously injured a 17-year-old South Tahoe High School senior late Friday night.
When Talia Jaureguito was brought to Barton Memorial Hospital with a fractured skull, her friends told the doctors that “Tali” fell down a flight of stairs at a party.
Tim Jaureguito, Tali’s father and varsity football and girls’ basketball coach at the high school, was skeptical of the explanation but too concerned with his daughter’s condition to take it any further. Tali was airlifted to Washoe Medical Center around 3 a.m. Saturday morning.
“She remembered nothing,” Tim Jaureguito said, adding that Tali had swelling on her brain from the injury. “They would wake her up every hour and ask her a series of questions each time. A lot of the time she was incoherent. I knew the questions by heart after a while, but one time when they asked her ‘What year is it?’ she looked quizzical and said, ‘Senior year.’ We knew things were getting better if she could remember that.”
By Sunday, Jaureguito was getting confirmation that he hadn’t heard the whole story behind his daughter’s accident. On Tuesday, he contacted the California Highway Patrol and an investigation was started.
Officer Pat Lord said Wednesday that Jaureguito gave some indication that his daughter’s injury involved a vehicle accident, which would be the CHP’s jurisdiction. Lord said he was making contact with the people who were suppose to be at the home on Plateau Circle where Tali was injured. Lord said he would then determine if there was a vehicle accident and if any legal ramifications might apply.
“The worse part is that I didn’t get the real story,” Jaureguito said Wednesday from his daughter’s hospital room in Reno. “I’ll be the first to admit that my daughter’s not perfect. She’s a teen-ager and teen-agers aren’t always perfect. But, bottom line is if there was anything that went on of a criminal nature, that needs to be dealt with.”
Jaureguito said no alcohol or drugs were found in his daughter’s system Friday night.
“I asked for that test to be done,” Jaureguito said. “The doctor said there was absolutely nothing there.”
Jaureguito said his daughter’s doctors have told him her recovery will take time.
“There will be a ton of follow-ups and the doctors are anticipating some type of memory loss. She’s going to have to curtail a lot of her activities,” Jaureguito said.
Tali was a member of the girls’ varsity basketball team. Jaureguito said doctors have forbidden any type of contact sport for his daughter for at least six months, maybe more.
“The doctors said she’s going to have peaks and valleys and we’re going to have be aware of them, so are her friends and teachers,” Jaureguito said. “The community has been wonderful, sending cards and flowers. South Lake Tahoe is a small community. We can count our blessings to live in such a wonderful community,” Jaureguito said. “This might be a wake-up call for some teens and parents. It can happen so fast.”
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