Musician Chalfant's condition improves

January 22, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

Local blues musician Jason Chalfant's condition has improved for the first time since a car accident left him hospitalized Sunday.

Chalfant's brother said he had not regained consciousness by Wednesday evening.

Chalfant's condition was upgraded from critical to serious condition Wednesday, a Washington County Hospital spokeswoman said.

Chalfant, guitarist for the blues band Rudy and the Bluefish, was traveling Sunday at 12:46 p.m. on northbound Md. 64 near the intersection with Bradbury Road when his 2000 Chrysler hit an icy patch left the road, according to information released Wednesday by Maryland State Police. Police said Chalfant's car struck a guardrail, overturned and landed in a creek bed.

Chalfant had to be cut out of the vehicle, police said.

Jimmy Chalfant, Jason Chalfant's younger brother and former drummer of the rock band Kix, said his brother received head injuries and a broken arm. He said he was still in a coma Wednesday evening and that the nerves in his arm were bruised but not severed.


Jimmy Chalfant said hospital staff members have told the family that Jason Chalfant continues to improve.

Jimmy Chalfant said he and his family are thankful for the support they have received from friends, area residents and musicians.

Jimmy Chalfant found out about his brother's accident Tuesday evening, while vacationing in Florida, and returned to the Tri-State area the next day.

"We just got back to our hotel Tuesday night, and there were messages on our phone there, messages from my stepmother and our pastor," he said. "I just couldn't believe it. I pretty much felt sick right away, wanted to get home right away."

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