Ledger Independent chief photographer Bob Warner, 49, died yesterday from complications resulting from an August 2004 single vehicle auto accident in Eau Claire, WI, his newspaper in Maysville, KY, reported today.
Warner, an NPPA member since March 1988, was paralyzed from the shoulders down in the wreck on August 13 when he was traveling with his wife and their son to Seattle, WA, to visit his stepson, Michael Smith, who serves in the U.S. Navy. Warner had been hospitalized in Minnesota, and then was moved to the Drake Rehabilitation Center in Cincinnati, OH, in October, and he finally come back to his home in Maysville, KY, only last week.
Ledger Independent news editor Betty Coutant reported in Wednesday's paper that Warner was taken from his house to the Fleming County Hospital by ambulance on Monday, then transfered to a regional medical center, and finally to University Hospital in Cincinnati where he died shortly after midnight Tuesday. He apparently was suffering from a virus, the paper said.
At the time of the accident more than five months ago the Ledger Independent reported that Julia Warner, who was driving, apparently fell asleep at the wheel. She said she doesn't remember what happened, but surmises she nodded off. Warner was thrown from the front passenger seat to the back seat and his spine was fractured. Their son, Jim Warner, who is confined to a wheelchair, received minor injuries in the wreck. The newspaper reported that his wheelchair is normally locked into its spot in the Warner's handicap friendly van, but that Jim was asleep in the third row of seats when the accident happened.
Warner is survived by his wife, Julia; one son and two stepsons; and two granddaughters.