On August 12th, Robbie Johnson and a friend were riding their bicycles in Jonesboro, Arkansas when Robbie was hit from behind by a pickup truck. Fortunately, Robbie survived the collision, albeit with serious injuries:
Johnson broke his pelvis and hip, which needed to be repaired in a 6 hour surgery. He also had some injuries to his lower back, forcing him into a protective shell to stabilize his midsection while sitting upright. He also broke a toe on his left foot and had a deep cut to his back.
Johnson is currently in physical therapy three days a week at the St. Bernard’s Sports Medicine Center on the Arkansas State University campus. He works out his entire body, taking baby steps to build strength and stamina.
Johnson and his wife, Stacey, who has been documenting Robbie’s recovery on her blog, The Johnson Chronicles, believe some residents in Jonesboro need to be more considerate to those working out on the side of the road.
“I really would like to see the driving public be more considerate of runners and cyclists on the road. They tend to really get abused by some people,” said Stacey Johnson.
Robbie hopes to be back cycling on a stationary bike by the end of the year, and back on the roads again next Spring.
The driver of the pickup was apparently not ticketed.