LAYTON -- The 60-foot plunge off the Farmington mountainside on July 24 nearly killed Syracuse resident Paul Velasquez.
But 57-year-old Velasquez was spared, although not before suffering a fractured pelvis, ribs and right arm in the all-terrain-vehicle crash.
The crash resulted in Velasquez having to be removed from the mountainside by an air ambulance and flown to an area hospital, where he underwent hours of surgery, said his daughter Dawnielle Velasquez.
Now Velasquez, a longtime Layton business owner, needs a little help in meeting his medical and daily living expenses until he can literally get back on his feet.
The Swan Lakes Golf Course in Layton, where Velasquez regularly golfed, has agreed to help by hosting a fundraising golf tournament Saturday, with tee times beginning at 9 a.m.
The community support is welcome news for the Velasquez family, because doctors have ordered Paul Velasquez, manager of the longtime J & P Barbershop in Layton, to remain off his feet for two months.
Dawnielle said it has been six weeks since the accident, but it will be another two weeks before her father can learn to walk all over again.
"Paul hit a patch of gravel, causing him to lose control of his ATV and plunge 60 feet over a guardrail," Dawnielle said.
The problem is that the barber shop, which he took over from his father, Joe Velasquez, who retired in 2003, is her father's only source of income, making it difficult for him to meet his medical bills and daily living expenses until he can return to work, she said.
"They actually came to me with the idea. I know a bunch of Paul's friends. Paul played out here every Tuesday with our men's association," said Chad Romney, general manager for Swan Lakes Golf Course, 850 N. 2200 West, in Layton.
"It started out with change jars and ballooned into a golf tournament," Romney said. "We're thrilled to help in any way we can."
Romney said, based on the reports of the crash, Velasquez is lucky to be alive.
To register for the tournament, call 801-686-4973.
Contact reporter Bryon Saxton at 801-625-4244 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter at @BryonSaxton.