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Old 03-25-2012, 08:44 AM
 
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Default SoFlGal, we're thinking of you

I just learned your dad in law was the gentleman that was hit by the creep that was drunk on 41 last Thursday. Your family is in our thoughts and we wish you the best on getting through this trying time. He sounds like a fine gentleman! Also, congrats on your daughter teaching an elder to always wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle. She really is a stand up person.

When you get a chance, let us know how he is doing.

Frog
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Old 03-25-2012, 09:49 AM
 
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Oh my! I'm so sorry. I hope that your FIL is ok.
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Old 03-25-2012, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Port Charlotte
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That is bad news indeed and I am hoping that you FIL will recover.
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Old 03-25-2012, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I just learned your dad in law was the gentleman that was hit by the creep that was drunk on 41 last Thursday. Your family is in our thoughts and we wish you the best on getting through this trying time. He sounds like a fine gentleman! Also, congrats on your daughter teaching an elder to always wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle. She really is a stand up person.

When you get a chance, let us know how he is doing.

Frog
We were soooo sorry to hear of the terrible accident, Shannon, and hoping for your dad's full recovery! How traumatic for you all, and we want you to know you're in our thoughts and prayers. Karen and Jim
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Old 03-25-2012, 02:46 PM
 
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Wow, hoping everything is looking better by now. Adding you and your family to the prayer list.

Teresa
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Old 03-25-2012, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, FL
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Shannon,
Thoughts, prayers and support to you and your family.
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Old 03-26-2012, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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Thank you everyone. It's been a difficult last few days. The pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays, Matt Bush, knocked my father in law off his motorcycle and ran over his head, then he left the scene. Apparently he was at a local "gentleman's club" getting drunk just prior to the accident. When apprehended he was told that the man who was hit (my father in law) was in serious condition and the FHP asked his thoughts. He said, "I'm not concerned, I've been there and done that."

On a good note, a few years ago he was riding without a helmet. My daughter, Willow, insisted that he wear a full face helmet. My father in law said it's too hot in FL, he's an experienced driver, etc and put up a huge protest. She even said she was not going to speak to him until he purchased a full face helmet. Reluctantly he purchased one. Thank God he did. An eyewitness at the scene, who was directly behind my father in law said that he thought for sure he was dead when he saw the accident. Matt Bush ran right over his head and he was amazed when he stopped his car, got out, ran over to him and asked him his name and he responded. The first thing he said when he was able to speak was, "Give Willow a hug and kiss and tell her thanks for insisting I wear my helmet." Way to go Willow!

Right now he's in ICU in Lee Memorial. All of his ribs are broken on the right side and a few on the left, he has 9 broken bones in his back, a punctured lung, a fracture left wrist, brain hemorrhaging and is covered with road rash. I went down to see him day before yesterday and he recognized Willow and me and even spoke a few words. My husband has been by his side 24/7 since the accident. He has his good days and bad. They have him in an induced coma with a breathing machine and a feeding tube today. I think they are trying to wait to see if his body starts to heal.

My father in law ran 5 marathons, including the Boston Marathon-twice. I'm confident he'll pull through this but it's going to be a long road ahead.

Thanks again everyone for your support.
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Old 03-26-2012, 10:47 AM
 
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Your FIL and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Let's hope for a full recovery for him.
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Old 03-26-2012, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Florida
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It all makes me soooo sad......praying for your FIL, Shannon......that this wonderful man can make a full recovery and not suffer too much in the meantime. Thank YOU, Willow, for suggesting to your granddad that he wear a helmet.......he has YOU to thank for his life! I've said it before....amazing family! xoxox
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Old 03-26-2012, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Ormond Beach Fl
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Sending hopes of a speedy recovery for your FIL and speedy justice for the idiot that did this.
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