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Old October 4th 03, 09:56 PM
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Default Mountain biker in coma after fall, not expected to live

Mike Vandeman wrote:
I would have thought it obvious that :
1. Nature is unpredictable
2. Speed kills
3. Bicycles, like ALL vehicles, must not be ridden faster than their
limited stopping distance allows. Bicycles have very little ability
to stop under off-road conditions.
4. Endangering oneself is bad enough, but the laws of physics imply that
the same danger the rider faces is wreaked on anyone or anything in
his/her path.
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From: Joel Green
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Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2003
11:27:46 -0700 (PDT) Subject: Sad news from Bellingham...
The following was reprinted from the Bellingham Herald website.
Mountain biker in coma after fall on Galbraith Daniel Graham of
Bellingham is in serious condition at Harborview after Sunday mishap The
Bellingham Herald A Bellingham man is in a coma at Harborview Medical
Center after he broke his neck in a fall from his mountain bike on
Galbraith Mountain. Daniel Graham has some brain damage and is not
expected to live, said Bryant Davis, a friend and neighbor of the Graham
family. Friends are starting a fund at Washington Mutual to raise money
for his wife Scarlet, and son Quinn, who turned 10 on Saturday. Graham,
a manager at Federal Express in Burlington, was listed in serious
condition Tuesday at Harborview. Graham was riding with two friends
downhill on Bob's trail, a winding chute on the west side of the
mountain biking area Sunday. He fell after completing a jump. He was
wearing a helmet. One friend administered CPR, while another ran down
the hill to a nearby house to call 911, Davis said. Galbraith Mountain,
located just east of Bellingham, is perhaps the most popular mountain
biking spot in Whatcom County, used by hundreds of mountain bikers every
year. Mountain bikers have been active on the mountain since the sport
hit Bellingham in the 1980s.
Joel Green
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I am working on creating wildlife habitat that is off-limits to humans
("pure habitat"). Want to help? (I spent the previous 8 years fighting
auto dependence and road construction.)

The local scoop is that the poor guy had trail building equipment in his
pack took a double jump wiped out and took an axe to the spinal cord.


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