A motorcycle accident that left one man severely injured is on the road to recovering.
32-year-old Matthew Helsley of Winchester had life threatening injuries after crashing on Indian Hollow road on Monday May 7.
"When we got the call it was he's not going to make it. Get here as soon as you can. And when we got there the doctors after being there for twenty minutes the doctors came out and told us his injuries and then pretty much told us we don't expect him to make it through the night. So you know they were like go back and see him that was probably the hardest thing I've ever done," said Adam Orndorff, Matthew's Brother.
Orndorff tells us, Helsley underwent a nine hour surgery on Saturday. Orndorff says, doctors told him it's amazing how his brother is recovering.
"When he wrecked his face hit a fence post first so he broke all of his bones in his face from his orbital sockets to his jaw. He broke every vertebrae in his back. He broke every rib or 14 ribs. He collapsed both lungs," said Orndorff.
Orndorff says they are organizing a motorcycle ride to raise money for his brother and his family. That ride is taking place July 1st. Registration begins at 10 a.m. at Grove's Harley Davidson. You can also send donations to "The Core Church." That address is 181 Nazarene Drive, Winchester, VA, 22601. Memo line of check: Matthew Helsley.
The Defenders Law Enforcement Law Enforcement club out of West Virginia is putting on the ride. The ride to will go to Star Tannery Fire Department. That's where Matthew Helsley was the fire chief and he is still an active firefighter there.
It's $15 to participate in the ride.
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