Athlete remains in guarded condition

Youth undergoes several hours of surgery after collision

Posted: Wednesday, November 29, 2000

Kenny Taug, 16, the Juneau youth injured in a collision with a bus Monday evening, continues in satisfactory but guarded condition today in a Seattle hospital.

Kristin Foley, spokeswoman for Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, said Taug underwent more than four hours of surgery Tuesday. Taug suffered injuries some of which were fractures to his leg, knee, elbow and spine. She did not know which of his injuries the surgery addressed.

"He has been moved to an intensive care unit today, a more observatory unit," Foley said.

Kenny's mother, Karen Taug, arranged yesterday with her employer, Goldbelt, for a leave of absence, and flew to her son's side.

An outbound Mazda in which Taug was a passenger collided with the back of an inbound Capital Transit bus about 5:45 p.m. Monday on Egan Drive. Juneau police are investigating the accident's cause. A reconstructionist from Outside will probably be consulted, said Lt. Walt Boman.

The accident took place at an intersection without a flashing beacon, an intersection recently reconfigured in the eight miles of Egan Drive re-paving to embrace two deceleration lanes and one acceleration lane.

All three lanes funnel into or out of a narrow swath of the outbound lane. One deceleration lane heads outbound, and one inbound. The acceleration lane leads outbound from a short connection with Glacier Highway.

Local sports figures are concerned about Taug's welfare.

"I have coached Little League for many years here, and have always coached against Kenny. I remember him first when he was a 12-year-old in majors baseball. The kid's a great athlete, a good kid," said Steve Scandling, who also is an assistant coach of the Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team.

"We had a kind of spring-training trip and he did travel with us to Arizona in March. He ended up not going out for the (JDHS) team, but he did go on and play in the senior league for 14-,15- and 16-year-olds last summer and ended up on the all-star team for 2000," Scandling said. "He was primarily an outfielder who played some first base as well. He's an all-star caliber youth baseball player here."

All Stars coach Mark Hickey said, "I have coached (Kenny) in All Stars three different times, and he is the same age as my son Dylan. So I have known him since he was in tee-ball. He's a very versatile athlete, always a hard worker. He's a fighter.

"We'll be thinking of him."

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