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Accident victim, 7, re-hospitalized

Driver who police suspect caused the accident is free pending receipt of blood-alcohol test results, officers say

Seven-year-old Devon Williams just didn't feel right after being released from the hospital following a weekend traffic crash near Gold Hill.

The doctors thought he was OK, but after we took him home he kept getting sick to his stomach, said Devon's father, Jack Williams of Grants Pass.

Devon's parents drove him back to Rogue Valley Medical Center in Medford, where the boy underwent surgery to repair his colon and remove his appendix and part of his small intestine, his father said.

Jack Williams said Devon's condition had improved Thursday, when the first-grader was able to sit up and speak for the first time since his surgery.

He's healing, Williams said. We hope to have him back home by this time next week.

— Devon and two other boys, ages 7 and 14, were treated at RVMC and released on Monday. A fourth child, Dustin Farley, 13, is still at Portland Shriners Hospital following surgery Monday to repair a broken leg.

All four were passengers in a car driven by Todd Richard Chaves, 33, that collided head-on Saturday with a sedan driven by Jessica Trimmer. Trimmer, 23, was also hospitalized as a result of the wreck.

Chaves, of Grants Pass, told police he had drunk beer in the hours before the 11 p.m. crash on Gold Ray Road.

Police believe Chaves caused the wreck and have charged him with three counts of fourth-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, reckless driving and reckless endangering.

A blood test will determine Chaves' blood-alcohol content at the time of the crash. It will be several weeks before test results are available, Jackson County sheriff's Capt. Joe Puckett said.

Chaves was released Thursday from RVMC, where he also received treatment for injuries suffered in the wreck.

Puckett said Chaves has not been lodged in the Jackson County Jail in connection with the incident. The sheriff's investigation has been forwarded to the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.

Chaves told police the youngsters in his car were his friends' children. He was headed back to Grants Pass when the crash occurred.

He was a friend of ours, Jack Williams said. He did something really stupid with our children.

Reach reporter Jack Moran at 776-4459, or e-mail