Cyclist in hospital after crash
When a group of cyclists left Truckee on May 25 for an informal group road ride to the top of Alpine Meadows Road, none of them expected to see one of own airlifted to Washoe Medical Center in Reno, where he remained unconscious at press time.Truckee resident Ken Brown, an avid cyclist and former owner of the Truckee Trattoria, had been participating in the ride with other cyclists and co-workers at Pacos Truckee Bike & Ski when he fell from his bicycle around 6:30 p.m. for unknown reasons.He just went down. There was no sand, no gravel, no rocks [on the road], he apparently just blacked out, said Paco Lindsay, a fellow rider that day and the owner of the shop where Brown works.Brown was reportedly going approximately 12 mph when an eyewitness riding behind him said he went down like he was shot, Lindsay said.Though he was wearing a helmet, Brown sustained massive head and facial injuries as well as a broken clavicle, six broken ribs, a punctured lung and multiple abrasions from his crash. But other riders in the group worry that some other condition may have been responsible for his accident.According to Kens wife Liz Brown, doctors at Washoe Medical Center have ruled out a heart attack as a cause of her husbands accident and are still trying to determine whether Brown may have had a stroke or some other trauma that would have caused a loss of consciousness and his subsequent fall.Brown remains in the intensive care unit at Washoe Medical Center in Reno and, as of press time, was still unconscious, although his family have reported some signs that he may be regaining consciousness sporadically.Ive got to thank all the people who responded, Liz Brown said, referring to the North Tahoe and Squaw Valley fire departments as well as the Placer County Sheriffs Deputy and the Care Flight personnel who flew her husband to Reno. And now were just taking it day by day and praying.For updates on Brown’s condition, go to supportcircle.com and enter his name.
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