Four Cyclists Hit By Car

$14,921 of $100,000 goal

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On February 20th, 2016, four cyclists were hit by a car on their 125-mile roundtrip ride from downtown Raleigh to Godwin, NC.


Among the riders were Christopher Graham, 34, Joel Arthur Lawrence, 57, Lynn Lashley, 57, and Michael Dayton, 60, and all were immediately sent to the hospital for their injuries.

Chris suffered from a fractured ankle, fractured kneecap, fractured pelvis and fractured hip. Two of the cyclists were placed on ICU in critical condition. Lynn endured vertebrae fractures and a broken pelvis. Michael experienced facial fractures and cranial swelling. Joel received minor scrapes and bruises.

See the TV news stories here and here  and here  and here .

This tragic accident has resulted in medical and property damages for each of the cyclists and as a response, with the consent of the cyclists and/or their families this fund has been set up to provide some financial relief.

All of the cyclists are well-seasoned with over 250,000 miles on the road combined. Per usual, they had chosen the particular route of that day partly because it is a low-traffic area. They were also riding in a single file line (the law permits two abreast) and were all wearing bright/reflective clothing.

To add some perspective to the damages, the average cost of a day in the ICU at Wake Med is $5,665. Two of the cyclists have been in the ICU for 4 days now.  The cost of equipment destroyed is an estimated $20,000. 

The total cost will not be known until the cyclists have healed from their injuries so we have made an estimate of $100,000. If more funds are needed, the gofundme page will remain active. If more funds have been received than needed then the surplus will be given to cyclists injured in other accidents.

Jerry Phelps, a close friend of the injured cyclists and a cycler himself, well-known in the cycling community, will manage the distribution of funds. The funds will be distributed among all four cyclers based on their need.

My name is Matt Hawksworth and I am a personal friend and colleague of Chris. I am glad to be able to host this gofundme page for the benefit of all the cyclers involved in the accident. I hope we can gather the resources required to quickly help them back to their normal lives.

We humbly ask for any monetary donation you might offer and we thank you dearly in advance.

Thank you,
Matt
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Hello everyone, I would like to thank all of you so very much for your generous donations. I am closing the gofundme campaign today and am happy to announce that we have raised $14,921! Gofundme has provided a great way to collect funds so they charge an 8% transaction fee. Therefore the total amount to be distributed to the riders is $13,727! Checks were written today to split the money equally between the 3 riders who suffered substantial injuries: Lynn, Mike, and Chris, so each received $4,576! This will go a long way in helping to ease some of the financial burden caused from this accident. Some of the riders are still recovering but all of them have since been able to get back on the road. Again, thank you so much for your generosity and for showing the great support of the cycling community.
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Hi All,

Donations are enabled! Thank you for your patience.

Matt
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Tracireese Reese
22 months ago
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Would love an update on their conditions. Thank you! Sharing.

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Adam Eckhardt
32 months ago
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We would like to have a fundraiser/awareness ride at Crank Arm Brewing. Let me know who we should talk to.

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Matt Hawksworth
31 months ago

Thank you So & So Books for your fantastic contribution!

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Matt Hawksworth
31 months ago

Thank you all so much for your great generosity! It will make a difference!

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Esther Lumsdon
31 months ago

There is an awareness raising event April 3, and donations will be accepted at this event. https://www.facebook.com/events/972001669553110/

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Matt Hawksworth
32 months ago

Thank you, Nichole, you are very welcome!

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Nichole Kelsey Perkins
32 months ago

Thanks for getting this together. I'll definitely be sending some dollars. It's the least we can do...and, yes, Chris is a tremendous person :) Well wishes to all!

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$30
Anonymous
25 months ago
PS
$100
Paul Scott
26 months ago

I know the recovery is still ongoing for some and look forward to seeing all four back on the road.

$10
Anonymous
28 months ago
BP
$100
Brian Palmer
28 months ago

Lynn, From one old Godiva member to another, wishing you and the others a full recovery.

$50
Anonymous
29 months ago
$50
Anonymous
30 months ago
$500
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30 months ago
RS
$50
Rod Stanton
30 months ago

Fellow cyclist wanting to help - know you are in our thoughts and prayers

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Anonymous
30 months ago
Tracireese Reese
22 months ago
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Would love an update on their conditions. Thank you! Sharing.

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Adam Eckhardt
32 months ago
1
1

We would like to have a fundraiser/awareness ride at Crank Arm Brewing. Let me know who we should talk to.

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Matt Hawksworth
31 months ago

Thank you So & So Books for your fantastic contribution!

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Matt Hawksworth
31 months ago

Thank you all so much for your great generosity! It will make a difference!

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Esther Lumsdon
31 months ago

There is an awareness raising event April 3, and donations will be accepted at this event. https://www.facebook.com/events/972001669553110/

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Matt Hawksworth
32 months ago

Thank you, Nichole, you are very welcome!

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Nichole Kelsey Perkins
32 months ago

Thanks for getting this together. I'll definitely be sending some dollars. It's the least we can do...and, yes, Chris is a tremendous person :) Well wishes to all!

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