On Wednesday, July 16, 2008, Patrick was riding his bike to go swimming before he started his day at nursing school (he only has a couple of weeks left of school until he graduates). Around 5:40 am, he was hit by a car (around 17500 Cleveland Rd). The driver did not stop. There were no eye witnesses. A nearby resident heard the crash and came out to investigate. The resident found Pat laying next to his severely mangled bike. The car was no where to be found. 911 was called. Pat had on strobe lights, reflective vest, and helmet.
He was taken to Memorial Hospital. Pat was extremely confused at this point, but conscious. He did not know who he was or what happened. They took him down for a CT. The neurosurgeon decided that surgery was needed.
Pat is now in a drug induced coma. They guess he will be in a coma for about a week. It can be several weeks. They want him to have very little stimulation.
Thursday afternoon, the driver turned himself in. The police did not charge him with anything. They are turning it over to the prosecutor.
This is Julie. I am Pat’s sister-in-law, Nancy’s sister. Please write in with comments. This will be our journal to keep track of what’s going on. When Pat wakes up from all of this, I’m sure he will want the details of what happened and he would also love to see everyone’s comments. If you have any questions, please ask. I want to get all the information out there, but I feel like I’m still missing a lot. Thank you for your prayers and positive thoughts.