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Ben Roethlisberger Injured in Motorcycle Accident

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was injured when his motorcycle was involved in a crash on the 10th Street Bridge today.


Dr. Larry Jones of Mercy Hospital addressed the media at 1:25 p.m. and said that Roethlisberger was in serious but stable condition.

He was undergoing surgery for unspecified injuries.

Jones said that Roethlisberger was talking and cognizant of the situation.

Roethlisberger was injured shortly after 11:15 a.m. at the Second Avenue side of the bridge near the Armstrong Tunnel.

One Steelers source said Roethlisberger was in surgery for a broken jaw, an injury that can take approximately seven weeks to heal. The Steelers season starts in 12 weeks. Steelers' spokesman David Lockett would only confirm that Roethlisberger was involved in the accident and is being treated at Mercy Hospital.

An eyewitness said she saw a motorcycle headed outbound on Second Avenue as a car was coming inbound. The car, a Chrysler New Yorker with Maine plates, made a left turn toward the bridge in front of the cyclist. The motorcycle hit the car and the operator flew into the windshield and then hit the ground.

The witness said she went to the aid of the motorcyclist and asked his name. He said it was "Ben" and tried to get up, but she told him to stay still.

The victim was bleeding heavily from a head injury, and blood pooled on the pavement. The witness said he was not wearing a helmet.

Roethlisberger has been known to refuse to wear a helmet when operating his cycle.

The entire front end of the motorcycle, was destroyed. The car sustained damage on the passenger side door.

Let's hope his injuries are limited to a broken jaw.  Motorcycle accidents can be bad news, especially when the cyclist isn't wearing his helmet. You'd think being a professional football player, a job which requires that he wear protective gear, he would understand that riding a motorcycle brings with it risks that are significantly more dangerous and life threatening.

Hopefully, Ben's injuries won't be career ending. Keep him in your prayers as he recovers.

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Comments (16)

The moron will get no sympa... (Below threshold)
Toddk:

The moron will get no sympathy from me. Motorcycling is one of the greatest things you can do with your clothes on, but you need to use some common sense as well. By the looks of it he probably wouldn't have had much more than some bumps and bruises if he were using a good helmet and some other protective gear.

But let's be honest, athletes are paid for their physical gifts not for their brains. (most would be lifetime burger flippers if not for their 'gifts')

Why didn't this happen BEFO... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Why didn't this happen BEFORE the Super Bowl?

Love and kisses,
A Seahawk Fan

P.S. Seriously, I hope he's OK. Get better soon, Big Ben.

P.P.S. We want a re-match. With new refs this time...

I'm not sure what the curre... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

I'm not sure what the current statistics are, but at one time I heard that accidents involving a car and a motorcycle were the fault of the car driver 70% of the time. When riding in traffic the optimum is to make eye contact with drivers as they approach or are entering the road ahead of you. Of course when it's dark, you can't do that and you have no clue as to what drivers are looking at as you approach.

I understand why many motorcyclists don't ware helmets, it's a freedom of the road thing. If they wanted to be safe they would just take the SUV instead of wearing a helmet. My advice is ride without a helmet if you must in the daytime, but take the SUV at night.

I always wear a helmet and almost never ride at night, but that's my choice.

"Why Didn't I Think of This... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

"Why Didn't I Think of This Before?" Thought:

Looks like Big Ben's been attending the Kellon Winslow Jr. School of Motorcycle Riding.

(So easy and I missed it!)

As a fellow rider and a hum... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

As a fellow rider and a human being I hope Ben recovers... but for the love of God... I hope he gets a clue. The team has been after him to wear a helmet for how long? I'd side with them if they add a clause to his contract about it after this.

Everyone here in Pittsburgh... (Below threshold)

Everyone here in Pittsburgh is like "Argh. Everyone told you. Idiot. PLEASE get better."

Unconfirmed reports are that he has: broken jaw, broken nose, missing teeth, large laceration on back of head, broken sinus bone, knee injury.

The initial accident probab... (Below threshold)
JD:

The initial accident probably only resulted in the knee injury.

The remainder of injuries were as a result of the paramedics and doctors kicking the everloving shit out of him for being so freaking stupid.

They take football serious in the Burgh, yo.

If he never plays again, he... (Below threshold)
Half Canadian:

If he never plays again, he'll be the poster boy for motorcycle helmets.
Of course, Pelle Lindbergh's death didn't have a serious impact on DUI's.

Ben insisted on a clause in... (Below threshold)

Ben insisted on a clause in his contract allowing him to ride motorcycles with no helmet. He was signed just after PA repealed their helmet law, and he was considered a bargain at the time, so they let it slide.

I agree with Bradshaw, who reportedly told Big Ben some time ago, "You can ride all the motorcycles you want when you retire."

Jeez! Toddk, sorry ya didn'... (Below threshold)
plebe:

Jeez! Toddk, sorry ya didn't get to play ball in high school! damn!
contrary to you thinking it may have gotten you laid back then, Rothlesberger has a hell of a track record for being a real man. one in a million these days.
you want to hate on someone for your apparent shortcomings, hate on the asshole tourist that cut him off.
let the man ride his frikken bike the way he wants to ride his frikken bike.

Peter F.:As I reca... (Below threshold)

Peter F.:

As I recall, what the Seahawks really needed was a tight end with open hands and a closed mouth.

As for Roethlisberger, if he wants to ride without a helmet that's his business. I don't ride myself, but I always wondered just how much good a helmet would do anyway. Especially since the last time I heard (and it's been awhile) there was no set standard for helmets.

fatman,There are a... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

fatman,

There are and number of standards for motorcycle helmets such as Snell M2000. These helmets distribute the forces and reduce the energy transferred to the head in a crash. How effective they are depends on what someone's head hits in a crash. In a typical high side crash, the head slams into the pavement fast enough to cause death, but with a good helmet, the rider suffers no injury. Taking a windshield head first at 20 MPH is about the same. Taking a windshield head first at 100 MPH likely won't make any difference helmet or not, other than with a helmet the funeral may be open casket.

I always wear a helmet which has protected me on several occasions from bird strikes. Don't know how much injury a bird in the head at 60 MPH would cause, but it could cause loss of control and a worse accident. With the helmet, I just clean off the blood and feathers at the next stop.

I don't follow football at ... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

I don't follow football at all, and have no idea who this guy is, but I do ride, and I pucker up thinking about this accident.

A large percentage of motorcycle accidents are caused by drivers turning left in front of riders. Everybody who rides knows this, and most have had it happen to them in one way or the other. The choice is typically either oncoming traffic, something really hard, or the barge in front of you, and it usually requires a fresh pair of shorts.

It's his own fault for not using his Spidey Sense to recognize the driver was changing CD's, punching in an address on her GPS, drinking coffee in the middle of a conference call and doing her nails. OK, that was insensitive and a bit over the top, but the point is that you start with the assumption that most drivers are self-absorbed, inattentive idiots, and then you work backwards to the inexcapable conclusion that 4-wheelers are actively trying to kill you. That's Defensive Riding, as taught in Motorcycle Safety training. The question is not whether you're paranoid, as the movie line goes, it's whether you're paranoid enough.

And by the way, in this case, a helmet would have helped this man only if it was a full face model that protected his jaw. Not many riders use this type, including me.

Cars 10,000; Motorcyles 0, as always.

fatman:Same can be... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

fatman:

Same can be said for Joey Porter. One word: non-factor.

Oh, and if not for a BS holding call by the refs (one where a Steeler D-lineman was offsides for the second time in a row!), Stevens had caught the ball at the Steeler 1-yard line. One more thing, Stevens caught the 'Hawks lone touchdown. So basically, he backed up his talk.

Unlike the Steelers, who statistically b***h-slapped up and down the field on both sides of the ball.

Super Bowl XV*

*Outcome determined by officiating.

Well I guess this means "Jo... (Below threshold)
Shelly:

Well I guess this means "Joe Montana still shall remain king" for the undetermined term... Nobody's standing, chasing his heels...
Sorry but when you clearly inpact your skull like that (Yes, it was harder than any hit or multiple hit on the field!) AND injur your knee - your days are clearly numbered. I've been watching football all my life, albiet I'm a girl, I'm calling this one ! Sorry Ben - Not to be heartless - Because I have a big heart. But , careless role models, are just that Careless! Why is it when you make a less than positive impact on children that look up to you. You wind up more regrets than you can see coming. Don't agree !!! Care to make a Vegas Wager ?
I could use a free trip to an upcoming Pro Bowl.
Save your booo's - "I'm a Hottie"
Shelly.
SunShinesofAloha@netscape.net

...too bad there weren't an... (Below threshold)
xoxoxoxox:

...too bad there weren't any referees there to shield 'big ben' from the opposing
vehicle.

...i'm guessing the accident can be blamed on the fact that 'big ben' is
still recovering from the night before the superbowl.

...in a related story, jerome bettis hit ben roethlissberger, who was on his
motorcycle, while having an asthma attack behind the wheel.
looks like ben finally got tossed under the bus.

...in light of recent news, arby's is pleased to announce a new addition to
their menu: the 'ben facelessberger.' for only a buck, you too can taste
victory! goes great with horsy sauce.

...according to a source close to roethlisberger, he will be changing his number from '7' to 'uhg-sploot aaahhhgg.'




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