Cycling Accident Sends Man To Valley Hospital

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A Payson resident had to be flown to Scottsdale Osborn Hospital with serious injuries on Thanksgiving.

Kenneth Shepherd, a 47-year-old Payson resident, was riding his bicycle with friends Thursday, Nov. 22 at 11:14 a.m. near Mayfield Canyon, about three miles east of Payson off of Highway 260, when his foot became entangled in the pedal with some plant roots on the side of the trail.

Shepherd was thrown over the handlebars, seriously injuring his neck and head, DPS Deputy Rodney Cronk said.

"When we got there, he couldn't feel anything from his chest down and there was no movement in his legs," Cronk said.

He said the Payson Fire Department and Tonto Rim Search and Rescue treated Shepherd before he was airlifted to Scottsdale Osborn in serious condition.

Cronk said Shepherd's condition is not certain at this time, but he had heard he was listed in stable condition and was undergoing surgery to determine the exact nature of his injuries.

In an unrelated accident, sheriff's deputies responded to a single vehicle rollover accident Thanksgiving at 3 p.m. on Highway 87, about two miles south of Payson.

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