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graham

Social climber
Ventura, California
Topic Author's Original Post - Aug 14, 2006 - 05:41pm PT
A few hours ago I received a call from Michael Reardon regarding the tragic accident involving John, Anastasia and his partner Steve.

At Michaelís request Iíll post this note he sent


Around midnight last night near the Nevada state line, John Bachar, Steve Karafa (President of Acopa) and John's girlfriend Anastasia were involved in a car accident on their way home from the trade show. We're still not sure exactly how the car ran off the road (no drugs or alcohol were involved), however, Anastasia suffered minor injuries, Steve died at the scene of the accident, and John was air-lifted back to a hospital in Utah.

I spoke with John this morning and his primary injuries were to his neck and spine, of which four vertebrae were fractured. So far, it appears that John will have a full recovery physically and may even be released from the hospital in the next couple of days, however, the loss of his close friend Steve is another matter entirely. The same holds true for Anastasia.

John's father is on his way to the hospital and his son is still with his mother for the summer. I have been told that Steve's father has been contacted as well. I would ask that folks politely respect John's privacy while he deals with this matter, and will keep you posted as more details come to light.





My condolences to Steveís father whom I just met in Salt Lake City and to his family and friends. My wife and I wish John all the best and a speedy recovery. I understand right now he just wants to get home to his son.

MG
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
St. Louis
Aug 14, 2006 - 05:45pm PT
No. f*#k. ugh.
lazide

Big Wall climber
Bay Area, CA
Aug 14, 2006 - 05:45pm PT
Holy crap! Condolences to Steve's family, and well wishes to Anastasia and John - I hope they recover quickly and with no scars. :(

Good luck you two, get better soon.
Russ Walling

Social climber
Out on the sand, Man.....
Aug 14, 2006 - 05:46pm PT
Wow! Unreal.... Glad for those who made it are ok, and very sorry for the loss of Steve. Condolences to Steves family and friends and all the best to John and Anastasia.....
bvb

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
Aug 14, 2006 - 05:50pm PT
i'm at a total loss for words. godspeed to all.
sling512

Trad climber
Chicago
Aug 14, 2006 - 05:52pm PT
Horrible news... my condolences to Steve's family and for John and Anastasia's injuries. We all pray for a speedy recovery.
vegastradguy

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV
Aug 14, 2006 - 05:55pm PT
our thoughts and prayers are with steve's friends and family....

best wishes to john for a full and speedy recovery as well.
T-2

Mountain climber
Baldwin Park , Calif.
Aug 14, 2006 - 05:55pm PT
All are in my thoughts.
Very sad news.
Tony
susan peplow

climber
Desperately Seeking Climbing Related Topic!!
Aug 14, 2006 - 06:00pm PT
Wishing John and Anastasia a fast recovery both physically and emotionally. My condolences to all the many friends and family of Steve.

It's always difficult to hear such tragic news.

-Susan

Largo

Sport climber
Venice, Ca
Aug 14, 2006 - 06:02pm PT
Condolences to Steve's family.

Still trying to find out the extent of John's injuries, but if they are considering releasing him from the hospital "in the next few days" I trust he's not horribly injured. Should he be so lucky when his friend and partner died.

Hope you are okay, JB.

JL
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
St. Louis
Aug 14, 2006 - 06:03pm PT
I keep rereading this and it won't sink in. My thoughts are with all involved.
Gene

climber
Aug 14, 2006 - 06:06pm PT
I'm praying for all involved.

Godspeed!

Gene
Mimi

Trad climber
Seattle
Aug 14, 2006 - 06:17pm PT
Tragic news for all involved. Our condolences to Steve's family.

To a very speedy recovery John and Anastasia. Stay strong through your love for Steve.

Thoughts and prayers,
Mimi
healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Aug 14, 2006 - 06:20pm PT
It would seem it's been a rough year in this regard...

Condolences to Steve's family, to John a speedy and full recovery, and all strength and kindnesses to Anastasia...
Jaybro

Social climber
The West
Aug 14, 2006 - 06:23pm PT
Can't really take it in. Condolences to all. Whatever we can do, we will.
JuanDeFuca

Big Wall climber
Stoney Point
Aug 14, 2006 - 06:29pm PT
Tragic,

My prayers go out to John and Anastasia.

Sorry for your loss.

Glad you two are going to be ok.

Jeff
Gene

climber
Aug 14, 2006 - 06:36pm PT
Does Steve have a wife and little ones?
locker

Trad climber
Joshua Tree Ca
Aug 14, 2006 - 06:44pm PT
My VERY sincere condolences to Steves family and friends... I just lost my brother Charles three weeks ago and know the feelings of shock and loss...

And to John and Anastasia I wish a speedy recovery...

to all concerned...

My heart goes out to you!!!
Hardman Knott

Gym climber
Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, Ca
Aug 14, 2006 - 06:47pm PT
My heartfelt sympathies to John and Anastasia, and to Steve's friends and family.

R.I.P.
Nefarius

Big Wall climber
Fresno, CA
Aug 14, 2006 - 06:49pm PT
So sorry to hear about this... Wow! My heartfelt condolences to Steve's family and friends.

Glad you are OK, Anastasia. Hopefully a speedy recovery to you, JB. You let me know when you need those CD's I was bringing. Since they won't be for jiving and climbing for a while, maybe they can help you jive in your mind while you recover, brutha!

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