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cyclest hits car

Old 05-13-05, 04:46 AM
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sorry link didnt work.Man Badly Hurt In 3 State, 3 Mountain Bike Challenge
posted May 9, 2005

A bicyclist was badly hurt in the 3 State, 3 Mountain Bike Challenge on Saturday.

The accident happened as the male cyclist was going down the back side of Suck Creek Mountain and he struck a car head on, officials said.

Jim Lemons, president of the Chattanooga Bicycle Club, said, "It was real unfortunate. We feel badly that it happened. We are praying that he recovers."

He said the bike apparently was going at a fast rate and went out of control.

Mr. Lemons said he could not remember a similar bad accident in the 17 years of the bike ride over Suck Creek, Sand and Lookout mountains.

There were 1,250 riders in the challenge. He said there were a number more who wanted to enter, but it was capped at that number.

He said the rider is hospitalized at Erlanger Medical Center. He was taken there by LifeForce helicopter.

The bicyclist remains in critical condition at Erlanger.
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2005 11:02 pm Post subject: Crash Reply with quote
I cant find any story other than the one listed above. I hope the rumor is incorrect. I asked the owner of Nooga.com to check into it. Its not much of a website, but he is really good about reporting crashes and things like that.
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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2005 12:53 am Post subject: Nooga News Reply with quote
yea, Nooga news is the best. They seem to always have the "Breaking News" before anyone

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Old 05-13-05, 04:57 AM
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Was surfing to find out info of the accident and how it happened and saw your post. I do not belong to the post so decided to email this to you directly.



Terry Trecartin is my nephew, I introduced him to wheeling ..



We live in MA and are headed down on Friday to Erlanger to see Terry..

Terry's spinal cord is severed at about C4 or C3

His lungs are the biggest problem now. He has been unconscious since the accident but has squeezed the hand of his wife (it seems) when spoken to.

If and that is a big if he makes it he will have no use of his legs again… He just graduated with a degree in outdoor Education.



Following is excerpt from email from his dad.



This morning the doctors were quite encouraged by changes Terry made last night. One even said he was excited. His blood pressure had stabilized and they had been able to stop all bp medication and had stopped pumping large amounts of plasma in to replace what his blood vessels were losing. Terry had also started to come to enough that the tubes were bothering him. He was struggling against them. They had to sedate him to keep him from accidentally pulling one out or something. Those are all good signs, but Terry is still in very critical condition.

During the day they decided they had to get his leg stabilized so they could move him for further tests without causing blood clots at the point of the break and increased shock to his system. The orthopedic team brought their surgery equipment up to his room and screwed a stabilizing rod on the outside of his leg. That procedure aggravated a condition they had been telling us about in the morning - his lungs. Apparently his lungs are one mass of bruises right now. They are not punctured, but were providing less and less ability to get sufficient oxygen into his blood. They have done several procedures on his lungs and inserted a tube into each side of his chest to relieve some of the pressure from fluid build up around them. They said they expected this because the huge impact that broke his back would also have badly bruised the lungs. They told us things will be up and down today and tonight and they will probably have to suction his lungs several times. By tomorrow they are hoping this situation will be stabilized so they can take him out for an MRI on his back.



For the Race Terry was #968
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We just lost a beloved memeber of Cascade Bike Club. Dr. Jiang was coming down a steep grade when a mini-van pulled out in front of him, he was unable to stop and passed 4 days later from his head injuries. We don't get to make too many mistakes on the road.

We held a memorial ride for him last Sunday on his favorite route, guy loved riding ..shame to see it happen.
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Man, sympathies for everyone involved with both incidents.

I had a friend narrowly escape a similar fate last year on a descent. Car pulled out and he flew 70 feet landing on his (helmeted) head. No injuries save for cuts, etc. Bike trashed. We were just happy he was alive.

Hope the recovery goes well.

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