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Not another random crash thread, this time it is one of our own

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    Short version: Mark (markbvt) was in an accident yesterday at around 6pm. He was taken to the hospital with some pretty serious injuries, but he is awake and seemingly doing well (given the circumstances of course). He broke his right leg in two or three places (femur, tib/fib) so I suspect he is done riding for awhile. Since he is in the Surgical ICU visitation is tough and they won't give me much info, but now that he is awake he is going to see what he can do to make it easier for us to visit. I will keep everybody posted.

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    As I'm leaving my house, I come upon some traffic and a large number of police cars (4 or 5, which is a lot for this area) blocking 3 out of the 4 lanes on North Ave, right in front of Mark's street. I think nothing of it at the time, as it is a popular spot to pull people over. As I work my way through traffic, however, I immediately recognize Mark's dad's bike, a 1983 Kawasaki somethingorother 550, standing on the sidestand with some fluids around it, and an SUV with a very distraught looking driver on the side of the road. It looked mostly intact though, so I started looking around for Mark.

    Except I can't find him. So I ask one of the officers if they know what happened to the rider, and all she knows is that she thinks the rider was taken to the hospital. At this point I don't know for sure that it was Mark, because he was in the process of selling that bike. I make a call to Adam to try and spread the word amongst a small group of us to try and find Mark, as I was going to be a little busy for the night.

    I tried a few of my local contacts, but they either didn't know any more than I knew, or weren't allowed to find out. So at 10:45 I finally found the right number to call the hospital, and I call to find out what I can. All they can tell me is that yes, he is in there, on the third floor in the surgical ICU. At this point I wanted to make sure we got ahold of his parents, but I didn't have their contact info. Thankfully David did, and called to tell them.

    It's a good thing that we called, because nobody else had. His mom is now on the way up, so at least she should be able to help take care of him. It would be great if we could take some time out of our day and go pay him a visit. I will let everybody know when that will be an option.

    As far as what happened in the accident, the best I can surmise is that he was turning left across two lanes of traffic (onto his street, he was literally a few hundred feet from home) and made contact with an SUV. He went over the handlebars and hit his head pretty hard. I'm guessing he broke his leg on contact with the SUV, but he doesn't remember anything.

    Keep him in your thoughts. I would like to get something together as far as support goes (fundraiser? volunteers to help him move? hugs from creepy ginger kids? (Hi Parker and Adam )) so if you have any ideas please let me know. I've never been that excited to see his name pop up on my caller id as I was this morning. I'm glad you are going to be ok buddy.

    Sorry if this is hard to follow, it's been a stressful night/day trying to find him and make sure he was ok.

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    Re: Not another random crash thread, this time it is one of our own

    Oh geez. I'd be glad to help if he needs anything. Keep in touch and thanks for the heads-up!

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    Re: Not another random crash thread, this time it is one of our own

    Shit, this is stuff I expect to hear about other people, not one of our own . If you're reading this, I hope you make a full recovery fast, Mark! Get well, man.

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    Re: Not another random crash thread, this time it is one of our own

    Quote Originally Posted by NobodySpecific View Post
    Short version: Mark (markbvt) was in an accident yesterday at around 6pm.

    That's no good..... Praying for you Mark....

    Let me know what I can do to help.

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    Sending best wishes mark.

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    Oh man. Damn, I hope he heals up ok.
    Definitely let me know know if I can help with anything and I'd like to stop in and visit when possible if anyone else is interested.

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    Re: Not another random crash thread, this time it is one of our own

    Best wishes for an easy recovery.

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    Hope he is ok and heals up quick....... cagers suck

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    Geez. Get well Mark.

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    Re: Not another random crash thread, this time it is one of our own

    Not good news, but hopefully there will be a quick recovery. Best wishes Mark!

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    Re: Not another random crash thread, this time it is one of our own

    Speedy recovery Mark!

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    Re: Not another random crash thread, this time it is one of our own

    Hoping for a speedy recovery, Mark!

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    Re: Not another random crash thread, this time it is one of our own

    Get well

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    Re: Not another random crash thread, this time it is one of our own

    Praying for you Mark - heal up quick!

    @Keith - please keep us updated about hospital visits and what we can do to help.

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    hope everything heals quick.

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    Re: Not another random crash thread, this time it is one of our own

    unreal...guy does trans lab and god only knows what other real adventure rides...then this.

    "I'm only going around the corner so..."

    Heal up Mark...there are still lots of adventures to come!

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    Re: Not another random crash thread, this time it is one of our own

    best wishes and a quick recovery is in order

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    Re: Not another random crash thread, this time it is one of our own

    Quote Originally Posted by DucDave View Post
    unreal...guy does trans lab and god only knows what other real adventure rides...then this.

    "I'm only going around the corner so..."

    Heal up Mark...there are still lots of adventures to come!
    He was still nearly fully geared up I'm sure. He never rides without his Sidis, a good helmet, a jacket, gloves, and Carhartt style pants. The helmet, I'm fairly certain, saved his life. He still suffered bleeding on the brain from the severity of the impact though.

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    Re: Not another random crash thread, this time it is one of our own

    Quote Originally Posted by NobodySpecific View Post
    He was still nearly fully geared up I'm sure. He never rides without his Sidis, a good helmet, a jacket, gloves, and Carhartt style pants. The helmet, I'm fairly certain, saved his life. He still suffered bleeding on the brain from the severity of the impact though.
    Hah...I'm sure he was too! That wasn't meant toward Mark...it was a 'general' observation! The kind of thing all of us have said at one time or another!

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    Best wishes to him and a speedy recovery

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    Re: Not another random crash thread, this time it is one of our own

    Always hate to hear of a man down. Especially one with so much experience. Heal up Mark. I don't know you but I hope that you are out of the woods and on the road to recovery.

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    Re: Not another random crash thread, this time it is one of our own

    Quote Originally Posted by NeverlosT View Post
    Always hate to hear of a man down. Especially one with so much experience. Heal up Mark. I don't know you but I hope that you are out of the woods and on the road to recovery.
    Thankfully it seems that the worst is behind him and he should be relatively stable from here on out, barring any unforeseen complications of course.

    One of the things he said to me when I finally got a chance to talk to him was "I'm just glad I was on my dad's bike and not the new Tiger" and I just laughed, because I knew he would say that.

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    Re: Not another random crash thread, this time it is one of our own

    Quote Originally Posted by NobodySpecific View Post
    He was still nearly fully geared up I'm sure. He never rides without his Sidis, a good helmet, a jacket, gloves, and Carhartt style pants. The helmet, I'm fairly certain, saved his life. He still suffered bleeding on the brain from the severity of the impact though.
    He had full gear on. It happened 5 cars in front of me. By the time I got close the cop was waving people through. The officer must have been close, he got there in seconds (thank God). I didn't realize a bike was involved until I was right on it. Didn't recognize the bike and the helmet was the wrong color. People all around him, everyone stopped in both directions. He was moving but his eyes were closed. Went right home and called him (Mark) because he lives close to the accident location...no answer. Didn't get a good feeling. Thus my post this morning on NESR wondering if anyone talked to him yesterday.

    God bless, all the best and a speedy recovery Mark.

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    Speedy recovery Mark! I live vicariously through your trip reports and can't wait to read the next one.

    Joel

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    damn that sucks. i got tons of magazines i could send somewhere if he wants some reading material.

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