Stillwater News Press

March 28, 2013

Oklahoma State English professor recovering after collision with car

By Russell Hixson
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — An Oklahoma State University professor hit by a car while riding his bicycle is back at home in Stillwater to continue his recovery.

 Assistant Visiting Professor of English Seth Wood was injured when his bicycle collided with a car on West Fourth Avenue last month. The driver was issued a citation for failing to yield.

Wood’s fellow English professor and roommate John Steen said Wood was released from an Oklahoma City rehab facility on Thursday to rest and continue physical therapy in Stillwater.

Wood sustained skull fractures, broken bones and internal injuries.

During the past month, Wood has been working to regain his strength and energy. Doctors have told Steen that Wood is making fast progress for the severity of his injuries. He still has a long way to go to regain complete mobility.

“Right now, he’s having problems with vision in one eye that makes it difficult to read,” Steen said.

Wood is using crutches as his fractured pelvis, broken ribs and other injuries heal.

Steen said District Bikes raised nearly $500 for Wood’s recovery during a raffle at the Land Run 100 bike race March 8. Wood plans to use some of the funds to support bicycle safety for Stillwater youth.

Nearly 200 supporters have given $17,200 to help pay for Wood’s medical expenses along with encouraging messages at www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/seth-s-Road-to-Recovery.

Steen said Wood and his family are grateful for the support the community has shown them following the wreck.

“I was really concerned for him and his family,” said District Bikes owner Bobby Wintle, who quickly helped put together the raffle when he heard about Wood.

Wintle said he and his wife Crystal have been blown away at how the Stillwater cycling community has come together to support the Wood family.

Wintle said the wreck has caused safety discussions in cycling community about how to coexist with motorists.