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Lewiston teen likely paralyzed after river accident

A 19-year-old Lewiston man likely will be paralyzed after hitting his head in the Snake River on Thursday while diving at Hells Gate State Park.

Nez Perce County sheriff’s deputies responded at about 8 p.m. to Hidden Beach at the state park after it was reported Zack Moore had hit his head in the water. Reports indicate Moore was unconscious but was pulled ashore. Moore told first responders he had no feeling below his neck. He was taken to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center.

A hospital spokeswoman said Moore was listed in fair condition Friday afternoon.

Moore’s father, Josh, said in a phone interview that his son was out with friends and several were jumping into the river. Josh Moore said no alcohol was involved, and the incident in which his son was injured was an accident.

“He’s jumped at that beach, I don’t know, several thousand times; I guess it was just a misstep,” Josh Moore said. “Zack is an amazing kid; this was just a total accident.”

Josh Moore said it appears his son will be permanently paralyzed from the chest down.

Sheriff’s office reports were incomplete and didn’t specify if Zack Moore hit the riverbed or an object in the river.

Josh Moore said he is communicating with relatives and may set up a fundraising campaign in the coming weeks to help with his son’s medical expenses.

“He’s a good kid, and a lot of people in this community love him. It’s just terrible.”


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