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Ken Rossi was the third to be hit

It's almost unbelievable. With the horrible accident on Montgomery Drive last week, each of local Sierra Club dynamo Carol Vellutini's three grown children has now been hit by a car in a Santa Rosa crosswalk.

This latest collision critically injured Carol's 41-year-old son, Ken Rossi, a remarkable guy who's blind and disabled and until the accident was forever on the move with his white cane and powered wheelchair.

Carol suspects that last Wednesday, the first sunny day in weeks, Ken ventured from his home near Montgomery Village and rode the Santa Rosa Creek trail to or beyond Sonoma Highway.

Ken apparently was on his way home when a car, driven by a man who apparently suffered a diabetic seizure, struck Ken in the crosswalk on Montgomery at Franquette Avenue. He needed another two units of blood when he had his third surgery Monday.

Carol has been down this road before. A van hit her daughter, Lorenda Brown, in a crosswalk on Guerneville Road years ago and in 2004 her other son, Gary Rossi, was struck in a Dutton Avenue crosswalk.

But Ken's injuries are by far the worst. Carol said she's grateful to everyone who's helping with a blood drive in Ken's name, from noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 25 at 1900 Armory Drive.

JAZZ SURVIVES: Lloydie Terry remains stuck in a hospital bed with the injuries she suffered when a mudslide smashed into her Santa Rosa home almost two weeks ago. But she has received good news.

Lloydie's son found Jazz, the dog she feared she might have lost to the Dec. 30 slide, at the county animal shelter and took him home.

Now Jazz waits for Lloydie.


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