Archive for Wednesday, September 24, 2003

Local man recovering from crash

September 24, 2003

Joey Vestal is back at home after a motorcycle accident put him in the hospital last week.

On Thursday afternoon, Vestal left the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., where he had surgery to repair a broken leg.

During the early morning on Sept. 16, Vestal, 19, was riding a motorcycle at Leavenworth County Fairgrounds when the bike hit a mud puddle.

Vestal flipped the bike, which fell on him and caused his injury. Vestal knew something was seriously wrong with his leg after he finally got out from under the bike and couldn't stand up.

"It took me about 20 to 30 minutes to get the bike off," Vestal said. "That's when I started dragging myself."

And that's when Vestal experienced the most pain in his leg.

While calling for help, Vestal dragged himself along the road that goes from the Tonganoxie Recreation Commission ball fields to Kansas Highway 16. Vestal was yelling for help at around 2 a.m., and, surprisingly, someone heard the cries for help.

Before authorities and medics found Vestal, though, he had pulled himself halfway toward the highway.

Now Vestal must wait for the leg to heal.

"Probably like six months is what they said for it to finally heal completely," said Vestal, referring to his physician's assessment.

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