An Aug. 3, 2011 accident that took the life of her fiance and nearly ended her own has found a happy ending for a Fredonia native. Courtney Grates, a 1999 Fredonia Central School graduate, who was pregnant at the time, spent weeks in a trauma center and endured physical and occupational therapy following a tragic bicycle/truck accident in Portland, Ore.
Maritza Itzel Reyes Grates was born on March 6 in Portland, a healthy 7 pounds, 10 ounces. For Courtney, along with her friends and family, the birth is nothing short of a miracle, and has tempered the sadness of the loss of Maritza's father.
Courtney, the daughter of Frank and Terri Grates of Fredonia, and her daughter are at home in Portland.
Courtney Grates with her baby, Maritza Itzel Reyes Grates.