12 December 2007

Car hits two joggers; one remains hospitalized

Our friends Jack and Larry were hit by a car while jogging. Jack was seriously injured; Larry, though hit as well, likely saved Jack's life by his quick response. You can keep up with Jack's progress at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jacklondon

From the Sacramento Bee, December 6, 2007

FOLSOM – Two joggers were struck by a passing car on Iron Point Road near Rowberry Drive about 6:15 a.m. Monday, and one of them remains hospitalized in stable but critical condition at Mercy San Juan Medical Center in Carmichael, officials said.

The two men, ages 46 and 43, were westbound in the bicycle lane when they were struck by a Hyundai Sonata driven by a 54-year-old woman, police said.

The older man flew up over the hood of the car, said Officer Michelle Beattie, a police spokeswoman. His injuries included a fractured skull, two fractured vertebrae and a gash across his forehead.

The other jogger was clipped on both legs and grazed by a side-view mirror but did not suffer any serious injuries, she said.

So far, Beattie said, investigators have determined that the seriously injured man was wearing some kind of headband with a blinking red light on the back.

Both men were in the roadway, and police officers generally recommend that runners use a sidewalk or some other separated path, Beattie said.

Police declined to identify the driver or joggers.

– David Richie

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