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April 25 benefit planned for Jake Kincade

Jake Kincade donned a Santa hat for a family gathering last Christmas. Submitted photo

Friends of a 30-year-old Hudson man badly injured in a traffic accident are planning an April 25 benefit for him at G.B. Curly's Sports Bar and Grill in Burkhardt.

The details of the event for Jake Kincade are still being worked out, but it most likely will include a meat raffle and silent auction, according to Bear Kincade, Jake's father.

Kay Cote of North Hudson is organizing the fund-raiser, assisted by a handful of friends. It will begin at 1 p.m., Bear Kincade said.

Jake Kincade was on his way to City Limits Bar & Grill on the night of March 14 when his car was struck on the driver's side by an SUV that went through a red light on Hwy. 12.

Kincade had come home from work at Obbs Sports Bar & Grill in St. Paul, where he is a cook, and was going to City Limits to on Hwy. 12 at Interstate 94 to pick up his cousin. The two were going to return to the Kincade residence on Badlands Road and play cards.

Kincade had a green arrow and was making a left turn from Badlands onto southbound Hwy. 12 when a Chevrolet Tahoe driven by David A. Solfest, 40, 455 Jensen Lane, rammed into the driver's side door and front fender of his Chevrolet Lumina.

"The last thing he remembers is he stopped at the light. The arrow came on. He looked. He didn't see anything. And the next thing he knew, he was in the hospital," Bear Kincade said of his son on Monday.

The accident happened just before 11 p.m. on a Saturday. Solfest, who authorities say was drunk, has been charged with three felonies in connection with the crash.

Jake Kincade was airlifted from the scene to Regions Hospital in St. Paul. He suffered a skull fracture, bleeding on the brain, a neck fracture, a lacerated spleen and much bruising in the crash.

He was released from Regions after eight days later and is now recovering at his father's house on Badlands Road, where he and his brother, Mike, also reside.

Bear Kincade's wife, Tammy, died of cancer three years ago. She was a Polk County sheriff's deputy. Bear was laid off from his job at Phoenix Fixtures in Roberts last November.

"That's the other part of it that makes it tough for us," he said.

Jake had health insurance, but co-payments for medical treatment and bills for prescription drugs are mounting, Bear said.

And because Jake is unable to work, he is without an income at a time when he sorely needs it.

"He's still getting a lot of headaches and dizziness. His short-term memory is pretty well shot," Bear Kincade reported Monday.

He said Jake recently discovered that he has four or five chipped teeth and a shoulder injury, too.

"We're finding this stuff out after the pain in his head has gotten a little less," Bear said. "Now he's realizing the other pain and stuff that he's got."

A site has been set up to provide updates on Jake's condition and allow friends and family members to express their well wishes for him. Enter "jakekincade" (no space separating the names) to access the site.

Bear Kincade learned the identity of a motorist who assisted his son immediately after the crash through the site.

Authorities told Bear that if Joe Hoheisel of Hammond hadn't called 911 and stayed there to keep Jake awake, Jake might not have survived the crash.

Bear and Jake Kincade are grateful to Hoheisel for his actions.

A benefit account for Jake has been set up at The RiverBank in North Hudson. Checks should be written to Jake Kincade Benefit Fund and either dropped off at the bank or mailed to: The RiverBank, 880 Sixth St. N., Hudson WI 54016.

Anyone with items to donate for the silent auction may drop them off at G.B. Curly's or contact Bear Kincade at (612) 226-0330.

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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