Archive for Thursday, May 25, 2006

Wreck injures motorcyclist

May 25, 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," Fisher, also of Lawrence, said Tuesday.

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. As of Wednesday morning, Fisher said Freitas had shown slight signs of improvement.

"He seems to be still stable," said Fisher. He's still on a ventilator, but out of the induced coma. He's tough and built. He's 66 going on 16."

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 Kansas Highway Patrol, not the Baldwin City police, investigated the accident.

"The Highway Patrol is trying to figure it out," he said. "I had to fill three forms out and I was shaking bad."

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