PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - After a Sunday morning bicycle crash, Alistair Corkett looked over and saw his leg lying on the sidewalk.
That was “kind of traumatizing to say the least,” said the 22-year-old cyclist, who later woke up in the Intensive Care Unit at Oregon Health & Science University, reports The Oregonian (https://bit.ly/1HjQ649 ).
Now, he’s already dreaming of being back on a bike and sharing his love of cycling with amputee groups in the Portland area.
“When I get ready to ride my bike, I’ve got my helmet, I’ve got my sunglasses, shoes. Now I’ll just have to pick what leg to use as well,” Corkett said. “I’ll deal with it as best I can.”
He wants to be back on a bike by August, a goal his doctor says is realistic.
On Sunday, Corkett slammed into a truck’s rear passenger-side bumper when the driver, Barry Scott Allen, turned left in front of him.
A bicyclist friend cradled his head and witnesses tied a tourniquet on Corkett and retrieved his severed leg from the intersection.
The crash is still being investigated, said Portland Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson. He wouldn’t comment on whether the 42-year-old Allen had insurance, the color of the traffic light or how fast everyone was traveling through the intersection.
Police initially said alcohol and drugs did not appear to be a factor in the collision.
Allen has not spoken publicly. Records show he was cited in 2000 for driving with a suspended license and without insurance in Deschutes County.
Corkett, who works at a bike shop and spends months training for each racing season, sees his identity as a bicyclist expanding in the coming years.
“There’s a sense of freedom that you get when you’re up there on your bike that is not really easily replicated any other way,” he said. “I did it every day, so to go months without it is a challenge.”
His doctor, Darin Friess, oversees orthopedic trauma and said patients’ success after amputation is largely based on their attitude and support network.
He said he expects “really great things” from Corkett.
Donations on a GoFundMe page set up for Corkett’s surgery costs totaled more than $72,300 by 11 Thursday morning, and the bike shop’s manager said donations and messages of support for Corkett have poured in from across the country.
“The support that Alistair has gotten has been absolutely amazing. It reminds me of how a small town reacts to a tragedy,” said Bike Gallery manager Brandon Bruins.
Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com
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