May 6, 2010 12:04:00 PM
Jan Morgan was cycling Monday along Bluff Lake Road, near the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, when she suddenly found herself standing on the side of the road, dazed, injured and unable to identify her surroundings.
Morgan, co-owner of Boardtown Bikes, doesn''t remember crashing, nor does she have any idea what might have caused her to wreck, lose consciousness and "come to" on her feet an undetermined amount of time later. One moment she was riding peacefully, and the next she was standing on the side of road with grass and scrapes all over her body, from her arms to her legs to her shoulder to her forehead.
"I don''t even remember falling down," she said Wednesday from her shop on Russell Street.
Morgan said no vehicles were approaching prior to her accident. She believes she might have accidentally rode off the edge of the road and wrecked while trying to correct her path, but she''s not certain.
The scariest part, however, wasn''t the fact that Morgan couldn''t figure out where she was when she regained consciousness -- she thought she might be on the Natchez Trace Parkway-- it was the cracks on the inside and outside of her helmet, she said
"If I didn''t have this helmet on, I would have died," she said.
Morgan flagged down a passing motorcyclist, who pointed her in the direction back toward Starkville. Morgan had a cell phone, but was unable to pick up a signal, so she rode until she reached the top of a hill and called Boardtown Bikes manager Mike Cassibry at the shop. Cassibry then brought Morgan back to Starkville.
Morgan says she suffered a Class III concussion. She had a CT Scan and MRI Wednesday morning and was told the accident caused a subdural hematoma.
Morgan was preparing to race in the Gulf Coast Triathlon this weekend in Panama City, Fla., but had to cancel those plans due to her injuries. She said she was feeling "as well as can be expected" on Wednesday.
"Even though I had a helmet on, I still suffered a significant injury, but it wasn''t as bad as it could have been," she said.
SEL commented at 5/6/2010 1:33:00 PM:
Let me get this straight. Starkville has a new controversial helmet law. And then low and behold, it just so happended that someone who sells helmets calls to report she had a bike accident and her helmet saved her life. This is great journalism and timely too. Go figure.
WTF? commented at 5/6/2010 3:08:00 PM:
Yeah, what are the chances?
Paladin commented at 5/6/2010 3:21:00 PM:
I sounds like some cheesy infomercial. I'm not trying to doubt her story, but her quotes are a bit too much.
I'm surprised she didn't quote a phone number or a current sale.
joe commented at 5/6/2010 3:27:00 PM:
Actually the paper called her about the accident.
Sienna commented at 5/6/2010 5:04:00 PM:
I know Jan and she would never stoop to "creating" news to sell a helmet. The story is legit.
Jay commented at 5/6/2010 5:44:00 PM:
Something smells fishy about this article.
JR commented at 5/6/2010 7:41:00 PM:
Jay, then you might want to get your deodorant checked out because I also know Jan and this accident is both 100% real and could have been seriously tragic.
unteabagger commented at 5/6/2010 7:50:00 PM:
please sign a donor card before riding without a helmet
Marie commented at 5/6/2010 11:25:00 PM:
This woman is not part of the "bike-nazis" in Starkville, so she wouldn't have reason to lie or to do this for a publicity stunt. Now all the people carrying this on the FB pages...that is a different story.
Marie commented at 5/6/2010 11:27:00 PM:
Just don't legistlate that we have to sign a donor card before we ride our bikes...James.
Romay Kendrick commented at 5/7/2010 12:11:00 AM:
"If I didn't have this helmet on, I would have died," she said
I thought she sold bicycles I didn't know she was a doctor. Tell me the name of the doctor who told her she would have died from this accident if she did not have a helmet on?
"Morgan says she suffered a Class III concussion. She had a CT Scan and MRI Wednesday morning and was told the accident caused a subdural hematoma."
She had the accident on Monday. Did she go to the emergency room?
Shane commented at 5/7/2010 8:17:00 AM:
To Romay Kendrick - Jan Morgan IS a physician, an anesthesiologist. You doubters are barking up the wrong tree trying to discredit this woman.
cf commented at 5/7/2010 8:19:00 AM:
Actually she and her husband are both doctors! She had appropriate medical treatment. One look at her helmet leaves little to the imagination as to the condition of her brain had the helmet not been protecting it.
Jeremy commented at 5/7/2010 8:21:00 AM:
You people are ridiculous. I get so sick of people turning everything into a negative. If you don't beleive her story, then stop by her shop and see her cuts and bruises. The fact that you have turned this into a conspiracy theory is beyond sad.
I bet most of you that are complaining about your civil liberties and bike helmets do not even own a bike, much less ride one. If you are so upset about the helmet law, then mount a revolt against wearing seat belts...which are also required by law.
Anna commented at 5/7/2010 8:43:00 AM:
A short statement about the helmet ordinance and a factual headline would have made this article seem neutral. Written as it is, the piece comes off as propaganda. No wonder readers doubted the truthfulness of the story.
Romay Kendrick commented at 5/7/2010 9:34:00 AM:
"You people are ridiculous. I get so sick of people turning everything into a negative. If you don't beleive her story, then stop by her shop and see her cuts and bruises. The fact that you have turned this into a conspiracy theory is beyond sad."
You are ridiculous as is anybody who would believe that If this woman had a helmet on she "would have died". Not could have died but "would have died". She discredits herself with this obvious over reach of the facts.
"I bet most of you that are complaining about your civil liberties and bike helmets do not even own a bike, much less ride one. If you are so upset about the helmet law, then mount a revolt against wearing seat belts...which are also required by law."
I do own a bike. most people who are for the law probably don't own one. That's the point. You are much more likely to die from a head injury in a car than on a bicycle. Yet if someone tried to pass a law requiring helmets in cars it would never pass.
If you are really serious about bike safety pass laws to add more bike paths. Aggressively prosecute drivers who run into bikers.
Either could have done more to protect this woman than her helmet.
Sounds from her story that she was most likely hit by a vehicle from behind. I was hit from behind by a vehicle from while jogging. I awakened in a hospital with no memory of the a accident save a sudden pain. Half my ear missing. The driver had left me on the side of the road and bleeding. Someone had called 911 and the paramedics were able to find me and my ear part. My ear was sewed on and doesn't look too disfigured today.
The doctor told me that I was lucky that I "could have bled to death"
If I had laid there longer. Notice he said "could have".
The reason I had no memory of being hit was because I was hit from behind and therefore didn't actually see what happened.
That is probably what Happened to her.
Romay Kendrick commented at 5/7/2010 9:49:00 AM:
"You are ridiculous as is anybody who would believe that If this woman had a helmet on she "would have died""
Sorry I Meant to say:
You are ridiculous as is anybody who would believe that If this woman Had not had a helmet on she "would have died"
jc commented at 5/7/2010 11:17:00 AM:
There is no proof that "she would have died" Doctor/physician, an anesthesiologist or not. Did she have sensors in her helmet that measured forces/pressure/impact of the fall? Over dramatic BS. Falls on Monday and doesnt go til Wednesday. Doesnt sound like a very good Doctor to me (since people are claiming so). I dont know of any Doctors that would tell you wait 2 days for a hit to the head to be checked out. Sell Sell Sell them helmets!
helmetsmelmet commented at 5/7/2010 11:40:00 AM:
"Jan Morgan IS a physician, an anesthesiologist. You doubters are barking up the wrong tree trying to discredit this woman."
I think jc hit the nail on the head....no pun intended
Ridge Runner commented at 5/7/2010 11:54:00 AM:
I stubbed my toe once, I thought I was gonna die.
Figures... commented at 5/7/2010 1:34:00 PM:
If you know Dr.Jan, you'd realize just how stupid you appear when you try to discredit her story.
Furthermore, I thought Mississippi was known for its caring people. With all the idiotic posts here, that hypothesis is shot to H-E-double hockey sticks.
Figures what? commented at 5/7/2010 2:58:00 PM:
Good one Ridge Runner!
D''Anna commented at 5/7/2010 3:09:00 PM:
..would/could/should/might...semantics, people! she's not an expert under oath, for God's sake. Increase helmet sales? whatever...that conspiracy thought is more than ridiculous. i really can't believe the ridiculous comments in response to this article.
SHARE THE ROAD, Selfish People.
Kathleen commented at 5/7/2010 4:39:00 PM:
I Know of Jan due to our strong triathlon community in NE MS. She is an honorable person and I am proud of her support of cycling. You that choose to not wear a helment should also not expect the rest of us to take care of you financially after you crash and are wearing diapers and drooling for the rest of your lives. If you so choose to not protect your brain don't expect the rest of us to pay for you to be on assistance to pay for your rehab and long term medical care.
JR commented at 5/7/2010 4:41:00 PM:
Let's just be honest with ourselves here, had this article appeared at any other time everyone would offer words of support. But because it just so happened to occur near the time of the adoption of the helmet ordinance everyone is venting their frustrations on her. There was a college girl struck on Lynn Lane over a year ago that required surgery to repair the damage to her face and head. It happens people, it's one of the risks you take every time you ride a bike or drive a car.
These people who assume this is an elaborate ruse to sell more helmets are saying that not only are she, her husband, and their friends exaggerating, but also the doctors/nurses who looked at her, the CT scans, the reporter who called her to do the story, the paper's editor, and all the others involved in some way. It's the same line of conspiracy theory thought that have led people to think Obama caused the oil leak to stop offshore drilling or that Bush planned 9/11 to promote the invasion of an oil rich country. It's unbecoming and a little nutty and I'd be embarrassed if I had said some of the things I read on here.
Paladin commented at 5/7/2010 9:14:00 PM:
I don't know Jan. I don't doubt that she had a serious bike wreck.
What bothers people is the way the story was presented. How did the CD know about the wreck? I'm not saying she called, but someone did - with the intention of promoting the helmet ordinance. And the CD was happy to help out.
That is obvious. Not a conspiracy theory.
Are you this passionate about obesity? If you want to save lives & healthcare costs, go after that. But I guess it isn't PC to tell someone to slim down.
Since motor vehicles are the cause of most major bicycle accidents (and a possible cause of Jan's accident), why didn't this ordinance include FLAGS on bikes. That would make them more visible to vehicles. The bikes on campus have flags, but they should be a lot taller.
If you disagree with me, you're heartless & don't care about human lives.
Just my thoughts.
Owner & CEO of Bicycle-Flags-R-Us
Jay commented at 5/7/2010 10:41:00 PM:
" . . .because it just so happened to occur near the time of the adoption of the helmet ordinance . . "
That's what I meant, JR! Reading this the first time, it sounded like this article was commissioned by one or all of the Aldermen who voted for the ordinance.
"Get my deodorant checked out"??? WTF??
JR commented at 5/7/2010 11:10:00 PM:
Jay: haha, sorry, was trying to help you pin down the source of that fishy smell because I doubt it was this article
Paladin: Sorry, I just don't buy it. If you do a search on this site for bicycle accident the first hit you get is an accident that occurred to a Columbus man back in October. There was no helmet ordinance being discussed back then, so why report on it? Because they're a news organization and that's what they're supposed to do, read the crime and accident blotters and pass that information along to the general public. If their archive went back further than a year you'd see other stories that have been reported of accidents over the years. Don't blame them for doing their jobs. You take a lot on yourself to presume to know someone's thoughts and intentions.
Chris commented at 5/8/2010 11:22:00 AM:
All of you MORONS that say this is a hoax or some conspiracy why don't ya'll please go out on your bikes without your helmets and pull out in front of an 18 wheeler. People like you (liberal, gaypriders, Obama loving, antichrist) don't deserve to be a part of this gene pool. The women had a bike wreck, it busted her helmet, she has memory loss, the CT showed a Subdural Hematoma (With the Helmet protecting her.) Yes, it would have killed her if she had elected to not wear a helmet. Plain and Simple. End of story. If you don't like it don't buy a freaking helmet Moron!!! I hope you never have to take care of your kid that you've told, "Son there ain't no need to wear a helmet," that now pisses and craps on hisself who pronounces words like a 1 year old all bc of a head injury.
To JC: Not everyone that bumps their head or stubs their toe runs to the ER to have it checked out. Oh I'm sorry, where did you get your medical degree? WalMart!! Just bc ObamaCare has passed doesnt means people should run to the ER for breaking a toenail or bump ur head. Oh, I forgot who I was talking to. You probably have been on medicaid all you life bc ur mother had 10 children by 6 different men and everytime one of you blew a snot bubble she or your grandmother rushed you to the ER for antibiotics. Intelligent people, you know the ones with college educations, degrees in medicine, the ones that actually read books, pay taxes, contibute to society, weren't brought up in that fashion.
Romay Kendrick commented at 5/8/2010 7:25:00 PM:
"All of you MORONS that say this is a hoax or some conspiracy why don't ya'll please go out on your bikes without your helmets and pull out in front of an 18 wheeler."
If you think a bicycle helmet would do you any good if you were hit by a "18 wheeler" I think that would make you a moron.
Romay Kendrick commented at 5/9/2010 7:47:00 PM:
Strange that news article did not mention that Mrs. Morgan was a physician. I also could not find her by using google other than Boardtown Bikes(features a picture of people with posters in favor of helmet law). Did not see her listed under doctors, physicians, or anesthesiologist in the starkville yellow pages.
Paladin commented at 5/9/2010 9:30:00 PM:
JR: You said it correctly. "...I just don't buy it".
That article you mentioned only proves my point further. It was titled: "Columbus man 'fine' after accident". That title is vastly different from "Helmet saves cyclist". Don't you agree?
Also, the article never mentioned if that guy was wearing a helmet. I'm not doubting Jan's story. I'm questioning how it is being presented. Did you know that a cyclist was struck by a lightning splash a week ago? Wouldn't that make a great story? Oh, I guess not since the helmet didn't do him any good.
My beef with this whole ordeal is that this came right after the city telling us how to care for our pets (that and the helmet law was rushed into development without ANY real thought). Where/when will the line be drawn? I'm sure that even you have a limit.
And Chris, please see someone about your anger issues. It is dangerous for people like you to be driving around.. regardless of whether or not a cyclist is wearing a helmet.
Paladin commented at 5/10/2010 10:20:00 AM:
Should the carhops at Sonic wear helmets now?
JR commented at 5/10/2010 12:44:00 PM:
@Paladin: Yeah, it wasn't my intent to come off as overly supportive of the paper; the lightening story would have made a great article. Nor do I agree with everything the Starkville aldermen pass, although I have no problem with the helmet law. We may simply have to agree to disagree. The scientist in me says to always be wary of confusing coincidence with causality and nothing in the article struck me as particularly out of place or inappropriate.
Chuck Smooth commented at 5/13/2010 10:45:00 AM:
Nanny State. The law represents nothing but special interest. It is an attempt for Starkville to win a "healthiest town" award and hopefully gain some additional federal funding because of it. The same can be said for the seatbelt law of MS. Not saying it is safe to ride helmetless or drive without a seatbelt, but this country was founded on individual freedoms and should stay that way. Trouble with this bogus helmet mandate is most fat asses like me are lucky to ride a bike if even on a whim. They (we) definitely won't go to the store and fully commit to it and thus by the law of large numbers, the no helmet wearing population will cease to ride bikes. This law will also heavily discriminate against college students. Starkville s*cks the university's t!t to no end and that includes policing the cotton district to bust kids for open containers walking in a neighborhood. It all comes back to milking the university and taking advantage of the population it brings to Starkville. Starkville police need better things to do than to harass college kids who will one day be productive members of society, but since they already do it, this just opens up another opportunity for them to do just that. Parker Wiseman you area terrible political c*cks*ck who wants to launch a lifetime political career from this town. So even you are guilty of s*cking the teet of the University. Just as you used your SA presidency to advance your personal agenda. To the 4 Aldermen who passed this bill--> YOU ARE IDIOTS and do not know the true role of government--> To stay out of people's lives unless they directly endanger someone else. I don't care if you do have ten kids and just appreciate the supplemental income, you all deserve to lose the next election.
UGL commented at 5/14/2010 11:31:00 AM:
I am anti-helmet law, but Jan's story is legit. She was wearing a $230 kevlar reinforced Specialized S-WORKS helmet and it still managed to shatter. There is little doubt in my mind that she would be dead or at least have suffered a severe brain injury if not for the helmet.
With that said, I still believe wearing a helmet should be a right of choice. All people know the risk. If an individual wants to ride without a helmet then I believe that should be up to them to decide. We can't call ourselves a 'free society' if we don't have freedom.
Romay Kendrick commented at 5/14/2010 1:26:00 PM:
"She was wearing a $230 kevlar reinforced Specialized S-WORKS helmet and it still managed to shatter."
Should have went to Walmart and bought a $50 motorcycle helmet then she
probably wouldn't have had any head trauma.
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