Kmog Owner Home, Recovering After Accident

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KMOG co-owner Mike Farrell had less than a second to respond when a vehicle pulled out in front of his Harley-Davidson motorcycle on Highway 260 in Star Valley on March 5.

Farrell spent one week at a Valley hospital and another two weeks in physical therapy before returning to his home in Payson.

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Mike Farrell's injuries include a broken right femur, four broken ribs, a broken right scapula, a left thumb that was broken, pelvis injuries and a lot of road rash.

Farrell's injuries include a broken right femur, four broken ribs, a broken right scapula, a left thumb that was broken, pelvis injuries and a lot of road rash.

Farrell can remember going in and out of consciousness that March 5 afternoon.

"I remember laying in the road and seeing some people I knew," he said.

As he lay there, his body broken, the only thing he could think about were his pets. His wife, Debra, was in Mexico at the time and he worried about who would care for them.

Farrell said, after seeing Blaine Kimball, general manger of the KMOG radio station, he felt better, knowing someone would care for the animals.

He said he knew the firefighters from the Diamond Star Fire Department who responded to the accident.

"I was in terrible pain," he said, mentioning his right leg was bent so badly it was behind his body.

He said the right side of his body hit the truck that pulled out in front of him.

"I had maybe a second," he said. "He came out very fast."

Doctors have told Farrell that it will be six weeks before he can put weight on his broken leg and arm.

He said every time he rode his motorcycle, he would check everything to ensure it was in good condition. He also wore the proper clothes, and, most importantly, always wore a helmet.

"There was nothing I could do," he said of the crash. "Doctors told me if I was not wearing a helmet, I would have died."

He said his helmet was so badly scraped, he knew that without it, half of his head would be gone.

Farrell is "never going to say never," but he seriously doubts he will ride a motorcycle again.

"I think I am going to stick to the horses," he said.

Farrell said despite the injuries, he is thankful.

"I am in a good mood because I am alive," he said, adding he is extremely thankful and touched by the outpouring of support and the prayers of the community.

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