Archive for Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Accident victim stable, but in critical condition

May 23, 2006

The 66-year-old Lawrence man injured in a motorcycle/vehicle collision Sunday afternoon in Baldwin City is in stable, but critical condition at Kansas University Medical Center, according to his friend, Bill Fisher, who was riding with him.

"He's still alive, but is in a coma," said Fisher, also of Lawrence.

Gary Freitas was taken by air ambulance to KU Med following the accident at U.S. Highway 56 and Eight Street Sunday. He suffered numerous injuries, Fisher said, including a broken pelvis and other broken bones.

The accident happened shortly before 1 p.m. Sunday and Fisher said witnesses of the accident rushed to the aid of Freitas, who was trapped underneath the Honda Goldwing motorcycle.

"Once we got the bike off him, he started breathing again," he said. "I do want to thank all the people that were there, all the people who helped lift the motorcycle off him."

Freitas was struck by a vehicle that was driven by Richard Ridley, 52, Topeka, who was in Baldwin to attend the graduation of a child from Baker University. Graduation ceremonies started at 1 p.m.

The Signal will update this story online as additional information becomes available and there will be a story and photos in this week's Signal.

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