>Report 1: The neuro-specialist ultimately recommended that the victim wear a "halo" for three months to allow the vertebrae to mend. The "halo" was basically a heavy plastic body cast that went from neck to waist. Attached to the neck was a metal extension that raised up and encircled the victim’s head. It was held securely in place by pins screwed directly into the forehead and skull...The victim stayed with his parents in WAUSAU during the three and a half months he wore the "halo" as he needed assistance to do just about everything.
>Report 2: I did not contact any other bike, the road was smooth and straight. My front wheel suddenly and without warning collapsed. I was sent over the handle bars. I had road burn over 60% of my body.
>Report 3: I have no memory of the crash. When my face slammed the ground, it tore off most of my ear. My face was laid open from around my eye, down the length of my jaw...A plastic surgeon from San Diego (about 60 miles away) had to be called because of the severe nature of his facial, knee, and ankle lacerations.
>Report 5: The front wheel suddenly and without warning collapsed causing the bicycle to suddenly dive into the pavement and caused the rider to be catapulted over the bars and to crash onto the road. The rider in this case suffered damage to his elbow and shoulder and has retired from competitive riding.
>Report 9: the rider felt a "drop" of a couple of inches and began to lose control. He then heard a pop which is believed to be the tire/tube blowing out. The rider then flipped over the handlebars after unsuccessfully attempting to regain control, and suffered a severe elbow fracture. Three surgeries later, there is roughly 50% range of motion with permanent injuries.
>Report 12: all of a sudden I heard a loud "SNAP" and was catapulted over the handle bars landing first on my head , and then on my back. I was in incredible pain for what seemed like an eternity. I remember my wife just holding my feet and praying.