FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A Fort Smith teen is recovering after crashing a bike into a parked truck Wednesday night (July 5).
Fort Smith Police said 16-year-old Thomas Northrup was riding the bike down a steep hill on South 32nd Street and lost control on a curve at the bottom of the hill that turns into Enid Street, striking a parked truck.
Northrup was taken by medical helicopter to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.
According to Northrup’s mother, he has opened his eyes from the induced coma and is communicating and breathing on his own. He has a blood hemorrhage, skull and facial fractures, stitches, several bruises and his top front teeth were also knocked out. She believes he’ll be moved out of the ICU soon and into a regular room.
“He is in and out and doesn’t remember any of Wednesday.. I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of all the prayers and thoughts for my son, and especially want to thank the ones that were by my son’s side when he was hurt,” the mother stated.
A gofundme has been set up to help the family with expenses.
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