March 22, 2012: UPDATE: Hammond man doing okay after rough week
Monday marked Glen Nelson's third surgery in a week following a motorcycle crash St. Patrick's Day which left him seriously injured.
A family member told the Pierce County Herald Nelson's vitals are stable and doctors hope to start to take him off a ventilator by the middle of this week.
"He's got fractures in both arms, a plate was inserted into his pelvis and his right femur is broken," the relative stated, "But the important thing is he's okay."
The Hammond native was riding his motorcycle with wife Julie, 47, on 650th St. in the town of Martell when it was struck by a truck driven by George D. Budd, 54, Beldenville. Budd was attempting to turn into his driveway and told Pierce County Sheriff's deputies he didn't see Nelson. The accident happened at 8:11 p.m.
Glen and Julie were ejected from the motorcycle. Julie was thrown nearly 75 feet and Glen about 10 feet. Both were airlifted to Regions where Julie died the following morning.
Budd was uninjured, but was arrested on the suspicion of operating while intoxicated. He was released.
Ellsworth Area Fire, Ambulance and Paramedics along with helicopters from Mayo One and North Memorial were on scene.
The relative also said a page was started for Nelson on the Caring Bridge website at www.caringbridge.org/visit/glennelson, where members will update it periodically.
"We've received a tremendous amount of support from the community," he said. "We couldn't be more thankful."