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I was really bummed out to hear about your Dad hitting that deer. :( I would have never thought that were deer in FL. :roll: Hope he heals up quick. Thanks for the good time we had. Take care Bro
 

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I must have missed that post. I just got back on line this morning and I am trying to catch up. What happened to Bill's Dad??? When did he hit the deer and was he hospitalized???

I enjoyed meeting Bill and his Dad, Baker and riding with them.

Bill's 502 is a real ground shaker and lights up the rubber at will.

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Bill

Hope your Dad is doing better. Really sorry when we heard the news of the accident. We had a great time a dinner and I really enjoyed hanging out and talking with you both. I NEVER even considered deer in FL when I am riding down there ... what a surprise :?

Don

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I tried to do laundry while in FL and washed my wallet and all contents :( I lost your Dad's contact information :cry: When you get a chance or he is recovered and home please shoot me an e-mail.
 

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Thanks for the thoughts about my dad through this situation. I'll fill you all in regarding this incident.

After eaning dinner with Lamont, Hossman(Rick), V-Man(Don) and a couple of their friends, my father and I went to Gillys Pub 44, The Highlander and then Main Street. We were headed back to my uncle's house in Palm Coast (35 minutes north of Daytona) around 1am Thursday night when a deer ran out in front of me. I nailed the brakes, then checked the mirror and my father's headlight was hitting the ground. We later found deer hair lodged into several places on his Yamaha V-Star, but did not really know that he actually hit a deer for two days since we had the bike towed from the scene.

The ambulance arrived and the paramedic checked my father for 10 seconds and screamed at his partner for a helecopter. They worked for a few minutes to keep him breathing as he was laboring to breath and had blood all over his face (part from road rash and part from his mouth). We then got word that the helecopter was unavailable! I pretty much figured that I was witnessing my father's last breath as they loaded him in the ambulance...they would not let me ride with him.

Well, he made it through that first day thank God! My quick Thursday to Sunday Daytona trip lasted the whole next week. I transported him back to Richmond yesterday (Saturday). The ten hour drive was quite difficult but he made it.

He is suffering from a broken #2 Vertebre, 4 broken ribs, a partially collapsed lung, broken left fibula (which he had pinned/screwed Thursday-3 days ago), multiple abrasions including many to his face and a head wound. There was/is risk of paralisis if he were to move his head the wrong way, so he is wearing a neck brace. He came very close to having a "halo" installed. It now looks like everything will heal itself in time. We are still concerned about the bruised brain since he is quite confused. The Neurologist says that his mental abilities should be back to normal in 2-3 months, but there is a small risk of extended issues. He was wearing a DOT helmit by the way.

What a week for him and me! My life had to be put on hold to be with him as much as possible as he could not understand anything that the doctors/nurses told him. He will be staying with me for a while to recover.

I'll tell you what, it took a lot out of me to hang out in the hospital for several hours each day then ride my bike 40 minutes back to my uncle's place. I never thought about the number of injured riders each year at bike week. I only paid attention to the number of deaths each year.

Hope I didn't bring anyone down too much with this story. I just kind of needed to tell the story for some reason. It was a really screwed up week.

Thanks to all for the emails, thoughts and prayers! I guess you just never know what's next in your life.

Bill Taylor
 

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Bill,

I am very sorry about the accident but am glad to hear that your Dad will recover. I can not imagine what he went through and you as well. All of you will be in my thoughts and prayers. I've never met you or your Dad but I sincerely wish him a speedy recovery and if there is anything I might be able to do to help out let me know. I'm 3 hours away.

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Bill,

Sorry to hear about your dad. Man he must have taken a big hit.

Wish he all the best from Vicki & I and tell him to hang in there......

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Bill , sorry about your dad and am glad to hear he will recover in time . I know the feeling because I hit a deer about 15 years ago here in central N.Y. and am lucky to be alive. I had several broken ribs , collapsed lung , scrapes , cuts , bruises etc. My wife was riding on the bike with me and was miraculously uninjured thank god. I have been riding for over 45 years and up to that point I never came close to hitting a deer on a bike . Since then I have had 3 or 4 close calls. In fact on my way to the Boss rally at Seven springs a couple of years ago in broad daylight , a deer ran out of the woods about 5 miles from the resort and jumped over me and the Boss and I mean over . My wife was riding her Harley behind me and witnessed the whole thing. She says to this day that if she hadn't seen it herself she wouldn't have believed it. She and I don't ride at night anymore unless we have to. By the way I am a avid deer hunter and kill as many bucks as I can.
 

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Bill,
Sorry we didn't hook up in Daytona, but maybe another time. Best wishes to your Dad for a speedy recovery. Hang in there!!.......Don B
 

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I didn't realize how bad it was to now. :( Man that has to be tuff for the both of you. You guys are in my prayers. If there is anything I can do for you let me know Bro.
 

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Bill,
Sorry to hear about your Dad. Having worked in EMS for 20 years I can only partialy understand what you and your family have gone through. It hits so much harder when it is "closer to home". I am very glad he pulled through those extensive injuries. You and your Dad still have a long road ahead as he goes through the healing. Have patience. It may at times seem like a long time to heal but in the scope of things, he will proceed along. It is good that he has you to help him on his recovery. Patti and my thoughts are with you and your dad.
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Bill

Hope these last few days have brought some relief for your Dad. I know the healing process will be slow (it's always slower then you like it to be). Our thoughts and prayers are with you guys and Baker for a full recovery.

When you get a chance please shoot me your contact info if you would ... address and number. Thanks. [email protected]

Tell Baker we are all thinking about him and pulling for him.

Don
 

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My father greatly appreciated all of the kind words!

He is all kinds of broken up and road-rashed, but I think he is most bummed about missing The Factory and the Boss Hoss demo rides this weekend at the Richmond bike show.

Thanks again all!

Bill Taylor
 

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Bill Taylor said:
My father greatly appreciated all of the kind words!

He is all kinds of broken up and road-rashed, but I think he is most bummed about missing The Factory and the Boss Hoss demo rides this weekend at the Richmond bike show.

Thanks again all!

Bill Taylor
He told me he had planned to test ride the Boss in Richmond so I know he was looking forward to that :( Tell him to rest up and heal and he will have plenty of "other" chances later ...
 
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