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Last Saturday 1/7/05 my good friend and riding partner Matt Carroll (68) went down hard trying to avoid a dog!

I didn't actually see him crash as I was in front but I know It was caused by a dog. I had to manuver to avoid it myself about 30 seconds earlier.

We had just left our houses and were still basically warming up the bikes and tires. Nothing crazy or different than a normal Saturday morning ride.

After stopping at an intersection, I continued ahead while he waited for the next car. He was a couple hundred yards behind as I crested this hill about 45mph. I kicked up to about 65-70 when I saw a dog start across the road in front of me. I hit the binders and tried to flash my brake light and stuck out my leg. I guess he didn't see anything.

By the time I got to the next intersection (1/4 mi) Matt was gone. I turned around and rode back. There he was lying in the road not moving. Meanwhile a car had stopped and were checking him out and trying to call 911. I was sure there was no cell service, but the firehouse was just down the road.

I told the people not to move him! And leave his helmet on! I turned around and went to the station. The paramedics got to him within 5 minutes. He still hadn't moved!

It looks like he grabbed too much front brake and flipped the bike (2003 999) over on top of himself.

He is pretty messed up. Broken neck (C2) exploded pelvis (Seven places), broken rib, and both hands are broken across the knuckles.

Thank God Matt always wears his gear. 1 piece leathers, Arai Helmet, back protector, gloves, and boots. I'm convinced he'd be dead if not for that. Good quality stuff also made a difference.

He is still in ICU and goes to the operating room today to repair his pelvis. Please give him a thought and or a prayer for a speedy recovery.

I don't blame the dog for the accident, It's the owners that are responsible for this! People need to control their animals!
 

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he will be in our prayers and i hope he recovers, and you are rite its not the dogs fault but the owners. please keep this form updated on his condition.
 

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Christian Prayer - It all I know to do to help.

Non-Christians don't be offended. It all I know to do.....
Lord, Please hear our prayer for devine intervention! Matt and is family are in need of strength and healing. Please hear us and provide that strength and healing power through your son's name. In life's horrific times we are powerless and believe you will hear our prayers for help on Matt's behave. We ask for a complete recovery and family strength during this time. We ask this in Jesus name.............Amen,Amen
 

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hope he recovers and asap. :(
 

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My best is going to him. Though age is going to be a factor in recovering.

The Dog? Well though 59 yrs of riding I have gone down a number of times due to dogs running loose.
 

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Matt just got out of surgery! Doc said things went well, but he will need a hip replacement in a year or so.

He's still got a long road ahead of him. I'm just glad he's still alive and not paralized! He will get through this and I'm sure he'll ride again.

Looks like they will be able to fix his Duc and He has a couple of other bikes he needs to wear out.

No dog body at the scene. I don't think he actually hit it. No evidence on his bike. I'm on a mission to locate the owners and let them know what happened. I had a talk with the local paper and they mentioned they had seen "That" dog before.
 

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When we moved into our neighborhood, it was evident that roaming dogs were (and are) a problem. We put up a fence to keep them away from our dog since most around here aren't properly disciplined.

But the lack of responsibility is certainly unreasonable. Sorry your friend paid the price for someone else's childish decisions.
 

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Sounds better since he is out of the OR with such words. I dinged in my left him, home accident like 30+ feet from my house roof testing out the concrete drive-way I the concrete won. That was in '89 so I would have been 59 yrs of age. Still limping with said big rod & all the screws holding it togeather.

Will take me 2 or 3 yrs before I can have it done, though have not made an appointment with a specialist. It is just pain 7/24.

Still I would like to know how Matt's wrists are for it sounded like the worst. Tell him, as long as you inform us then we start thinking of him even more.

It is a bummer with one one bummed up though with two that is pretty dramatic.
 

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Send him our best. Hopefully his recovery will be not too long and reasonably complete. :thumb:
 

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Very sorry to hear about your friend's accident, although glad to hear the surgery went ok. Here's to a speedy recovery.

Last summer I was riding with a couple guys down some backroads and a dog came running out in the street in front of us. Luckily nothing happened, but it's a scary situation.
 

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slaintedan said:
Hey Mac,
I'm sorry to hear about your buddy and he'll be in my thoughts and prayers.

I'm curious if his pelvis was crushed/broken so severely 'cause the bike landed on top of him. Broken in 7 places doesn't sound like a normal hard-landing injury. :dunno:

Flipped over on top of him ala over the top stoppie. Not a scratch on the rear cowling but subframe and undertail exhaust are bent!
 
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