Friends Raising Money For Accident Victim

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Kenneth Ross of Pine underwent surgery Thursday morning to repair what his surgeons called the worst pelvic break they'd ever seen. Less than three hours later, Ross was wheeled into recovery with two plates in his pelvis and a rod in his right leg.


"He made it through the surgery just fine," his wife, Vickie Ross, said.


Ross and his son Brian were riding to Globe on motorcycles March 12, when for some reason, Ross drove off the road, hit a guardrail, and flew end over end before hitting the ground.


"Brian ran over to him and said he was just laying there, kind of crumpled in a pile," Vickie said.


Ross was airlifted to Scottsdale Healthcare-Osborne, where he was admitted into intensive care with a broken arm, a crushed pelvis, a broken femur in his right leg and head injuries.


He will be recovering from his injuries in the hospital for the next few months, so family friends are pooling their money to help with some of the expenses not covered by the family's health insurance.


"Everyone has been calling to see what they can do," said Leckie Lopatesky, an office clerk who works with Kenneth and Vickie at Young and Burton. "We wanted to help in some way, and with the price of gasoline so high these days, we decided to open an account to help the family with gas money to travel back and forth."


A savings account has been set up at Founders Bank. Anyone who wants to help can drop off a donation at the local branch.


"Young and Burton have been absolutely wonderful through all of this," Vickie said. "Everybody has."


In the meantime, the Rosses are just grateful that Kenneth is still alive and kicking.


"He's not really aware of what happened, or of what is happening," Vickie said. "He does remember that he works for Young and Burton (as a construction superintendent) and asked me to hand him his toolbelt so he could take the rod out of his leg."


Once the healing begins, Vickie said, her husband will probably spend several months in a wheelchair until his pelvis has healed.


"The important thing, though, is that we've still got him," she said. "That's a lot more than we thought in the beginning."

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