Utah motorcyclist ‘lucky to be alive’ after crash

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SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) — A Utah man is lucky to be alive after he was involved in a motorcycle crash. 

Shaunne Baddley says his brother, TJ, has a long road to recovery.

On Tuesday evening, July 31st , TJ was involved in a crash while riding his motorcycle near 2200 East and 3300 South.

“My brother could have lost his life. The bike slid and threw him into the car,” said Baddley. “The bike smashed (and) sandwiched him into the car.”

Baddley says he is grateful his brother is alive; however, he knows his battle is just beginning.

“He had two heart surgeries that night because he had a hole in his heart,” said Baddley.

“Doctors say they’ve never seen anyone survive something like that,” said Baddley.

Shaune says TJ was wearing his helmet.

TJ is one of the lucky ones; Utah motorcyclists are dying at an alarming rate.

“I’ve seen a lot of people riding their motorcycles with no helmet,” said Nathan Croft, a Utah Highway Patrol Sergeant. “No protective gear whatsoever. I’ve seen people riding with short and a t-shirt and flip-flops. It’s pretty disheartening.”

The Utah Highway Patrol encourages everyone to:

  • drive/ride slowly and defensively
  • follow traffic rules
  • beware of your blind spots
  • wear appropriate clothing and a helmet if you’re a rider

“People need to be looking out for motorcyclists but motorcyclists need to do themselves a favor by slowing down,” said Nick Street, a Public Information Officer and Sergeant for Utah Highway Patrol.

Baddley says as he watches his brother heal, he is more passionate than ever to see motorcycle safety be more of a community effort.

“To actually think about him losing his life, I mean, it’s unfathomable,” said Baddley. “It’s hard feeling helpless when he’s helpless you know, you can’t do anything.”

Baddley says his brother was finally able to start breathing again on Monday.

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