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Morgan remains in critical condition after accident

June 4, 2011

By COLLEEN MCCARTHY
sdnreporter@yahoo.com

Starkville Daily News has obtained details from the crash report from an accident that critically injured a Starkville woman nearly two weeks ago.
Jan Morgan, 57, was hit by a car while riding her bicycle. The incident happened at approximately 10:30 a.m. on May 22 near Pheba on Highway 50. The driver was identified as Robbie Norton, 44, of Cedar Bluff.
She remains in critical condition at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
She is being kept sedated while her body recovers from injuries including broken bones and traumatic head injury. She is being kept on a ventilator and fed through a tube.
“She is still critical, but still with us. Better than when she came in,” Morgan’s husband David said. “It will be very slow.”
The accident report can only be accessed by those directly involved, but a copy was given to Starkville Daily News by David Morgan.
The report reads: “The cyclist was westbound on MS 50 near the Truelove Loop intersection. V1 (vehicle one) was westbound on MS 50 approaching the cyclist from the rear. The front of V1 collided with the rear of the bicycle. The impact threw the cyclist into the air before landing on the hood of V1 and onto the windshield. V1 continued for a few feet before coming to a stop. The cyclist was then thrown to the asphalt when V1 stopped. The driver of V1 exited the vehicle and observed the cyclist while talking on the phone. D1 (driver one) then reentered her vehicle and ran the cyclist over again before being forced from her vehicle by a witness. V1 came to a final rest facing west in the westbound lane on MS 50 just meters west of the Truelove Loop intersection. The cyclist came to a final rest near the right front tire of V1.”
Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman said Brian Mobley no charges have been filed against Norton, though Mobley declined to comment further about the accident.
Attempts to contact Norton for comment were unsuccessful.
Motorists are required by law to leave at least three feet of space when passing cyclists. Gov. Haley Barbour passed the law last year in memory of John Paul Frerer, a young man from Tupelo who was hit by a car and killed while cycling.
The Morgans own and operate Boardtown Bikes in Starkville, and are both avid cyclists. Jan Morgan was out on a training ride with her friend Kim Richardson when she was hit.
She was wearing a helmet during accident, but the force of the car ripped it off her head.
Her husband keeps friends and family updated through Jan’s Facebook account and a blog at GetWellJan.blogspot.com.
Though David is frustrated by the slow process, Jan’s doctor has advised him “bad things happen fast; good things happen slow.”

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