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Old 05-16-12, 09:21 AM
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Get well soon, MMach5

I've seen his posts here, so I'm sharing this from a local board:

For those of you that know MMACH5, I just found out that he was hit by a car yesterday on his commute to work.

Michael is an avid 150+ mile per week commuter and bicycle rights advocate.

He is extremely safety conscious to the point that he gets teased about his high visibility gear and other precautions.

He has actively been a part of the DART bicycle committee and any other opportunities to further bicycle riding in DFW.

His bike is an extension of him as a person.

No word yet on the actual accident. All we know is that it happened near Ferguson Rd and Cotillion near his house in Garland.

The EMS called (his wife) from his cell phone, but the police don't have any report available yet.
He has a broken neck, lower back, pelvis, left hip, all his left ribs, punctured left lung head laceration, spline laceration and the artery to his spleen is leaking.
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The good news... He has been conscious and speaking just a little as well as moving his arms.

The family has only seen him once for a few minutes.

Please keep a good thought, and say a prayer if you're disposed to do so, for one of our own

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Old 05-16-12, 09:25 AM
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Wow. I will keep him in my prayers.
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That is much damage...Prayers to Michael.
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Old 05-16-12, 09:32 AM
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Thanks for sharing. I've often thought that when "one of us disappears," there's no one on the board who will know, as many of us never have contact with anyone here outside of the forums. Thoughts are definitely with MMach5 and family...
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Old 05-16-12, 09:34 AM
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That's such horrible news...best wishes for what will be a long, painful recovery.
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Old 05-16-12, 09:59 AM
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Wow, sending best thoughts out to MMACH5.
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Old 05-16-12, 10:29 AM
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Oh my... that is a lot of damage indeed: broken neck, back and pelvis, sounds very serious. This is horrible news. I hope he's in good hands.
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My thoughts go out to him and his family.
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Terrible news. Hoping for the best for him.
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Wow, that was a serious accident! The pain must have been excruciating. I wish you a full and speedy recovery, MMach.
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I am sending positive thoughts and prayers to MMach5 and his family as well.
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holy crap, that is awful. My best wishes.

Can't remember any specific posts off the top of my head but I'm sure I've used some of his insights when starting up commuting by bike -- it won't stop me, but it's scary knowing that something can happen to the best of us.
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Very bad news - he is lucky to be alive, but has got to be in some horrible pain. I wish him a complete and fast recovery.
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Thankful that he is alive. Please tell him that we are BF are thinking of him and wishing him comfort during the healing process.
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In my prayers. Heal quickly.
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Originally Posted by truman View Post
I've seen his posts here, so I'm sharing this from a local board:

For those of you that know MMACH5, I just found out that he was hit by a car yesterday on his commute to work.

Michael is an avid 150+ mile per week commuter and bicycle rights advocate.

He is extremely safety conscious to the point that he gets teased about his high visibility gear and other precautions.

He has actively been a part of the DART bicycle committee and any other opportunities to further bicycle riding in DFW.

His bike is an extension of him as a person.

No word yet on the actual accident. All we know is that it happened near Ferguson Rd and Cotillion near his house in Garland.

The EMS called (his wife) from his cell phone, but the police don't have any report available yet.
He has a broken neck, lower back, pelvis, left hip, all his left ribs, punctured left lung head laceration, spline laceration and the artery to his spline is leaking.
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The good news... He has been conscious and speaking just a little as well as moving his arms.

The family has only seen him once for a few minutes.

Please keep a good thought, and say a prayer if you're disposed to do so, for one of our own
I heard about this on Facebook (since he's in the local area), but didn't know him by his real name. Get well quick!
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yikes. Do you happen to have an address that we can send him a card or anything?
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Have corresponded with Mach5 and tried to meet up. Horrible news. Will be praying for him and will try to find out where he is locally to see if the DFW BF guys and gals can help out.
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I saw Mike and Heather at the ICU this morning. It breaks my heart to see him hurt so badly, but there are a few bright spots: he is able to be awakened when the docs need to, he can move his arms, hands, and feet. The broken back is going to be a bastard of pain, but is a recovery issue and not an immediate threat. The broken neck will have to have an MRI, but swelling needs to go down to see how bad it might be, and while the bleeding spleen has stopped, they have to watch that bleed closely. He's on air to keep that lung from collapsing, and he was going to surgery to have pins/plates put in his left hip. Please continue to keep him in your prayers, and if you are local, let's continue to rally around this family...
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This is terrible news. I will pray for him and his family.
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A shame. One hopes they have a good Texas firing squad for the driver.
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Originally Posted by MNBikeCommuter View Post
Thanks for sharing. I've often thought that when "one of us disappears," there's no one on the board who will know, as many of us never have contact with anyone here outside of the forums. Thoughts are definitely with MMach5 and family...

Same here on the thoughts, sharing of the info, and on "disappearing".
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This is terriblr news to hear about any fellow cyclist. for his sake I hole he can get out on the bike eventually.
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Tate tells me:


He was in surgery today getting his hip and pelvis pinned around noon. All limbs are moving, and it looks like his spleen stopped bleading. Back break is minor, neck is pretty bad, they won't know more until swelling reduces and a new MRI is to be done.
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