Family members say an 18-year-old high school senior returned to Juneau on Tuesday night after sustaining multiple injuries in a car crash last month.
Lane Nashoanak, a senior at Yaakoosge Daakahidi Alternative High School who was delivering pizzas for Domino’s at the time of the crash, spent the past five weeks being treated at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for his heart, legs and hip, family said.
“He’s doing much better,” Nashoanak’s grandmother Marti Channell said on Wednesday, “He’s still in the recuperation state, but he looks pretty good for all the wear and tear he’s been through.”
Other family members said he received knee and hip surgery, but is now determined to get out of his wheelchair and is using crutches to get around. They estimate he has about six to eight weeks of physical therapy left.
Harborview spokeswoman Clare LaFond said he was officially discharged from the hospital on Feb. 2 and had to stay longer for follow-up appointments.
Nashoanak was medevaced to Harborview after his car was hit by another vehicle on Jan. 18.
Nashoanak was driving on Back Loop Road at the Mendenhall River Bridge around 7 p.m. when a Toyota Tacoma driven by a 50-year-old man crossed the center line and collided with Nashoanak’s car, police stated in an earlier release. Nashoanak was extracted from his vehicle, taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital, then medevaced to Harborview Medical Center that same night.
The other driver was treated and released on scene the night of the accident for minor injuries, according to the police statement.
No one was cited or charged in the incident.