Healdsburg High teen critical after cycling accident
Healdsburg High school student Dalton Baker is in critical condition at Stanford Hospital after losing part of his liver from internal injuries he suffered in a freak cycling accident late Friday in Healdsburg.
Baker was riding his bicycle to the Healdsburg High School football game Friday when he hit a cable strung across the parking lot of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on University Avenue. According to Baker’s uncle Tony Burke, the 17-year-old didn’t know the cable was there and “ran into it full on.”
“It had recently been put up,” Burke added. “He just didn’t see it.”
Burke said his nephew was able to get up and walk back to his home nearby, but his parents took him to Healdsburg Hospital by his parents, Vickie and Todd Baker.
“As soon as they saw him there he was immediately taken by ambulance to Memorial (Hospital in Santa Rosa),” said Burke who added his nephew lost a lot of blood due to severe internal injuries. “They almost lost him on the table.”
The next morning Baker was transferred by helicopter to Stanford where he lost part of his liver, according to Burke.
Baker is the grandson of Donna and Ed Seghesio and spent a lot of time with them when he was growing up, according to Burke.
“He was practically raised at the winery,” he said. “They are very, very close.”
Baker’s parents are Todd, a lead maintenance worker at Asti Winery, and Burke’s sister Vickie, who works for the City of Windsor. They are with their son at Stanford. Burke describes his nephew as an excellent student who is well liked and is a whiz with electronics and computers.
“He’s just a great kid,” Burke said. “It’s crazy how this happened. We’re just waiting and hoping right now. Waiting and hoping.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was edited to reflect a correction. It was reported earlier that Dalton Baker lost a kidney which was incorrect. We apologize for the error.