Teacher’s condition seems to be improving
The mother of a South Lake Tahoe woman who has been in a coma since Saturday following a single-car accident said Tuesday her daughter was showing signs of improvement, although she still remained in critical condition.
April Krouskoupf, 22, was in an induced coma in the ICU ward of Renown Medical Center in Reno because both of her lungs had collapsed. Once she shows signs that her lungs can function, she will likely remain in the induced coma for another three to four days, said her mother, Lisa Krouskoupf.
The family received good news Tuesday 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 possibly in November, according to the district attorney’s office.
Blood test results showed 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 charge Curtis in connection with the crash, said Lisa Serafini, deputy district attorney for El Dorado County.
“He is absolutely, unequivocally going to be charged with, at a minimum, driving under the influence and a probation violation,” Serafini said, adding the district attorney’s 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. 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 the earlier offense, officials said.