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Hey all, I felt compelled to share this email I received from my friends wife. My buddy went down this past weekend and I'm basically in shock. Not sure where to turn, obviously since everyone that doesn't ride is going to come back with "I better get rid of my bike" etc, etc, which I'm sure you guys understand. That's why I'm turning to this forum, just to spread the word of the reality of what can happen so fast when the adrenaline from what we love to do bites. Take care everyone, ride on, but please be safe...

Hello Everyone,

As I am sure most of you already know that Robert was in a motorcycle accident Saturday morning.
From what I can gather from the police reports and the witnesses who saw the accident, he was coming off the US 60 traveling west, took the McClintock exit and lost control coming round a curve. He hit a freeway guard rail head on at approx 100mph.
Witnesses at the scene say he was knocked unconscious but came to in a couple minutes. He was able to sit up and talk to the police who arrived at the scene. In fact he told one of the officers ‘to give him a minute’ he just needed to shake it off. Obviously he was in shock and not aware or feeling the extensive damage to his body. The only reason and I mean the only reason he is still on this earth is because he was wearing his helmet. He was taken by ambulance to Scottsdale/Osborn hospital. That hospital was chosen because they are the only hospital in the east valley that has a Level 1 Trauma team on site 24 hrs a day. I received the call from the emergency room approx an hour after the accident.

His injuries are as follows…..
Right Leg, all 3 bones are broken – Femur, tibia and fibula
Left Leg, tibia is broken
Both his ankles are broken and have major tissue and muscle damage
His left arm and left wrist are broken
He has a fractured C7 vertebra in his neck
Ribs are fractured on both sides
And he has pulmonary contusions which means his heart and lungs sustained some serious bruises

Amazingly his prognosis is good. He is still considered critical, but within the next day or two I am sure they will bump him down to stable.

Saturday day he had a 6 hour operation to stabilize his legs. He has a lot of screws, bolts and rods keeping his bones together right now.
Today he had a 2.5 hour surgery to repair his left arm and wrist. Tomorrow he will go down to surgery again so the cosmetic surgeons can evaluate
how best to rebuild the muscle and tissue around his ankles. The orthopedic surgeries (anything to do with bones) are pretty much complete. From here on
out he his surgeries will be to rebuild the tissue and muscle loss.

He is in ICU and will probably be there for about another week. The main thing keeping him ‘critical’ are the pulmonary contusions. He is currently on a ventilator to breath for him to give his lungs time to heal. They are keeping him completely sedated so there is no talking or communicating right now except for the couple minutes he is taken off sedation so the nurses can evaluate him. Which is the ‘can you wiggle your toes’ , ‘can you squeeze my hand’ type thing. His responses are only small yes or no head knods. He is awake for a max of 5 mins and then they re-sedate him. Doctors are estimating that he will be in the hospital for at least another 3-4 weeks. And then it will be months of physical rehabilitation.

I have him listed under a code name. If you called the hospital right now and asked for Robert Jackson they would tell you he is not there. I did this for a few reasons. The main reason being to control the huge amount of phone calls and visits. I understand that everyone is concerned and out of love and support for him and his family they want to make sure he is okay. But with the condition he is in right now, the less going on the better. Until he is out of ICU and he is awake and conscious for longer periods of time, there will be no visits other than immediate family. As far as flowers and get well cards etc. once again, until he is out of ICU I am going to hold off.

His mother flew into town today and he has a SUV full of family driving in from South Carolina, they should get here tomorrow late night sometime.

Malik is doing ok. He is aware that Daddy was in a motorcycle accident and has some broken bones. He is too young to go to ICU and I wouldn’t want him seeing his daddy in that condition anyway.

Me? I am maintaining. I am exhausted. The only reason I am able to keep my sanity right now is because of the love and support from family and close friends.

If you have any questions please email me. I will try and send out nightly updates to keep everyone informed.

Please feel free to forward these emails on. I am trying to compile everyone’s email addresses but I know I will not get them all.

Please keep the prayers coming… they are working!
 

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Sorry to hear about your friend man best of lucky for a speedy recovery
 

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Wow, sounds like he was pretty luck. 100 MPh into a guard rail isn't something most people survive from. Hope he gets well soon.

Since the wife/GF set up a code name for this dude at the hospital, are you sure she would want you posting all of these details on a public forum?
 

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thank god he still is with you man, sorry to hear that, hope he recovered soon.

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I wish him a SPEEDy recovery as well. He needs to obviously slow it down some.
 

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Hey thanks guys. Once he is able to sit up and feeling somewhat better I plan on sending him this link so he can read all the support from the forums. Already spoke to the wife and she thought it was a good idea so keep em' coming! He obviously made a huge mistake and has to pay for it dearly but in the end it will make him appreciate his entire life and all around him very differently. I believe it also makes us all a little more cautious and safer which is always a good thing amongst riders.

Take care all...
 

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That's a very nasty accident, and one most would not ever live to be able to tell about it.

I wish for him a safe and speedy recovery.
 

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That sucks man. I hope you friend gets well soon and has a speedy recovery. That C7 is going to bother him the rest of his life though. I fractured my L2 vertebra in a four wheeling accident 4 years ago and I can still feel where it was.
 

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Thats a hairy turn/exit.. Sorry to hear that


Hey all, I felt compelled to share this email I received from my friends wife. My buddy went down this past weekend and I'm basically in shock. Not sure where to turn, obviously since everyone that doesn't ride is going to come back with "I better get rid of my bike" etc, etc, which I'm sure you guys understand. That's why I'm turning to this forum, just to spread the word of the reality of what can happen so fast when the adrenaline from what we love to do bites. Take care everyone, ride on, but please be safe...

Hello Everyone,

As I am sure most of you already know that Robert was in a motorcycle accident Saturday morning.
From what I can gather from the police reports and the witnesses who saw the accident, he was coming off the US 60 traveling west, took the McClintock exit and lost control coming round a curve. He hit a freeway guard rail head on at approx 100mph.
Witnesses at the scene say he was knocked unconscious but came to in a couple minutes. He was able to sit up and talk to the police who arrived at the scene. In fact he told one of the officers ‘to give him a minute’ he just needed to shake it off. Obviously he was in shock and not aware or feeling the extensive damage to his body. The only reason and I mean the only reason he is still on this earth is because he was wearing his helmet. He was taken by ambulance to Scottsdale/Osborn hospital. That hospital was chosen because they are the only hospital in the east valley that has a Level 1 Trauma team on site 24 hrs a day. I received the call from the emergency room approx an hour after the accident.

His injuries are as follows…..
Right Leg, all 3 bones are broken – Femur, tibia and fibula
Left Leg, tibia is broken
Both his ankles are broken and have major tissue and muscle damage
His left arm and left wrist are broken
He has a fractured C7 vertebra in his neck
Ribs are fractured on both sides
And he has pulmonary contusions which means his heart and lungs sustained some serious bruises

Amazingly his prognosis is good. He is still considered critical, but within the next day or two I am sure they will bump him down to stable.

Saturday day he had a 6 hour operation to stabilize his legs. He has a lot of screws, bolts and rods keeping his bones together right now.
Today he had a 2.5 hour surgery to repair his left arm and wrist. Tomorrow he will go down to surgery again so the cosmetic surgeons can evaluate
how best to rebuild the muscle and tissue around his ankles. The orthopedic surgeries (anything to do with bones) are pretty much complete. From here on
out he his surgeries will be to rebuild the tissue and muscle loss.

He is in ICU and will probably be there for about another week. The main thing keeping him ‘critical’ are the pulmonary contusions. He is currently on a ventilator to breath for him to give his lungs time to heal. They are keeping him completely sedated so there is no talking or communicating right now except for the couple minutes he is taken off sedation so the nurses can evaluate him. Which is the ‘can you wiggle your toes’ , ‘can you squeeze my hand’ type thing. His responses are only small yes or no head knods. He is awake for a max of 5 mins and then they re-sedate him. Doctors are estimating that he will be in the hospital for at least another 3-4 weeks. And then it will be months of physical rehabilitation.

I have him listed under a code name. If you called the hospital right now and asked for Robert Jackson they would tell you he is not there. I did this for a few reasons. The main reason being to control the huge amount of phone calls and visits. I understand that everyone is concerned and out of love and support for him and his family they want to make sure he is okay. But with the condition he is in right now, the less going on the better. Until he is out of ICU and he is awake and conscious for longer periods of time, there will be no visits other than immediate family. As far as flowers and get well cards etc. once again, until he is out of ICU I am going to hold off.

His mother flew into town today and he has a SUV full of family driving in from South Carolina, they should get here tomorrow late night sometime.

Malik is doing ok. He is aware that Daddy was in a motorcycle accident and has some broken bones. He is too young to go to ICU and I wouldn’t want him seeing his daddy in that condition anyway.

Me? I am maintaining. I am exhausted. The only reason I am able to keep my sanity right now is because of the love and support from family and close friends.

If you have any questions please email me. I will try and send out nightly updates to keep everyone informed.

Please feel free to forward these emails on. I am trying to compile everyone’s email addresses but I know I will not get them all.

Please keep the prayers coming… they are working!
 

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Hope he recovers completely. Its sad to hear news like this about fellow riders. There's really no reason to be riding that fast on the streets esp on/offramps. Those guardrails can be deadly.
 

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ive been down the road myself and have been there for a good friend of mine .. i would never wish it on anyone but i can say that after i went through it it definitly made me appreciate my life my family and my friends alot more .. so in my case and many others things like this can be a blessing in diguise .. like i said i never in a million years would wish it on anyone but it can be a good thing .. i wish him a speedy recovery and my hopes and prayers are with him and his family .. godspeed ..

oh yeah get back on that bike as soon as you can my friend .. best wishes to you and your family ..
 

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To: Unknown Rider

If you are reading this, I would like to wish you a speedy recovery. You are one very fortunate guy to have survived this accident.

Best wishes,
Scott
 
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