On August 31, former U.S. national road champion Dale Stetina suffered life-threatening injuries in a bicycle accident near Boulder, Colorado. According to Velo News, he has started showing improvement over the last two weeks. Despite wearing a helmet, Stetina suffered a traumatic brain injury when he fell from his bike while trying to avoid hitting a car that had pulled across the oncoming traffic lane ahead of him. Stetina, who is the father of Garmin-Sharp’s Peter Stetina and the brother of Shimano USA vice president Wayne Stetina, was riding with a group of cyclists in Lefthand Canyon when the accident happened.
According to the troopers who responded to the scene, a 1999 Jeep SUV was on Lefthand Canyon traveling westbound when the driver pulled across the centerline and onto a shoulder on the opposite side of the road. Then just as Stetina and the group of cyclists were coming around a bend traveling eastbound, the driver attempted to pull back into the westbound lane, crossing the cyclists’ path in the process.
“Dale did not hit the car, but hit the pavement, landing face first, suffering significant facial and ocular damage, and loss of responsiveness,” read an email message written the night of the incident from a friend of Stetina’s to veteran American racer Steve Tilford, who posted it to his website. “EMTs were on the scene rapidly, he received good care. He was flown to Boulder Community Hospital in a Flight for Life helicopter. He is there now in ICU. The CatScan diagnosis revealed brain stem injuries. The neurosurgeon describes the injuries as very serious. Dale is in tough shape. The future of Dale’s recovery is not known at this time, the doctors have offered no predictions. His vital signs are stable given the trauma he encountered. We are all hopeful.”
Immediately after the incident, Stetina remained in critical condition at the Boulder Community Hospital. However, since then, and specifically after undergoing reconstructive oral surgery, his cognitive function has improved by leaps and bounds, according to reports. In fact, at the time of this report, after further evaluation, he was expected to be transferred to Craig Hospital in Denver to undergo rehabilitation. As of September 20, 72 donors had pledged $6,331 to a trust fund at rally.org setup to help with Stetina’s medical expenses.
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