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Local boy remains in hospital after Tahoe City collision

A Grass Valley boy who was severely injured Saturday in a collision near Tahoe City remained in a Reno hospital Tuesday.

Joey Lawson, 13, suffered a separated collarbone and injuries to his head, face and lungs, said family friend Winnie Denboske.

His condition could not be released Tuesday, but he was listed as “serious” Monday evening.



Lawson, a seventh-grader at Clear Creek School, was in the middle of a 25-mile bicycle ride, at about 10:40 a.m., to earn his second-to-last Boy Scout badge to become an Eagle Scout.

He was riding between two groups of people off Granlibakken Road, according to authorities and Denboske, when he hit some gravel and lost control of the bike. He overcorrected and went into an on-coming traffic lane.




The boy collided head-on with a southbound 2004 Ford Mustang driven by Ian G. Young, a 61-year-old man from Queensland, Australia. Young was not hurt. Lawson was airlifted to Washoe Medical Center.

“He is a fun-loving kid,” Denboske said. “He is one of the younger ones to be this close to Eagle Scout.”

She said he was involved in several school activities, including basketball and cross-country. He was also running for student office at Clear Creek.

Denboske opened a trust fund to cover the boy’s family’s travel expenses between Grass Valley and Reno. The “Joey Lawson Accident Fund” is located at Citizens Bank in the Brunswick Basin at 709 Sutton Way.


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