Friday, April 19, 2013

Cyclist’s injuries were ‘catastrophic’

Wife: Entire left shoulder and arm shattered

Express Staff Writer

    A cyclist who was hit by a Chevrolet SUV at the intersection of Warm Springs Road and Turf Drive on Thursday, April 4, suffered more severe injuries than reports by the Ketchum Police Department and St. Luke’s Wood River originally indicated.
    “The reason my husband was released [from St. Luke’s] was because he had what is considered catastrophic injuries that were not able to be immediately treated in the emergency room because of the extent of care needed,” said Judy Cahill, Ketchum resident and wife of crash victim Kevin Cahill, 53.
    The Idaho Mountain Express reported on April 10 that Cahill had not sustained life-threatening injuries and was treated and released by St. Luke’s. The report was accurate but did not reflect the extent of the injuries.
    “His entire left shoulder and arm was completely shattered upon impact with the truck,” Judy Cahill said. “[That required] over seven hours of surgery at St. Luke’s Wood River … on Monday, April 8.”
    She said she believes it’s important for people to know the extent of the injuries so they will be more cautious, both while driving and riding. Police Chief Steve Harkins said the driver was cited with misdemeanor inattentive driving.

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