Falling tree seriously injures Raleigh cyclist


Carol Lawrence says her husband David is in fair, but stable condition at WakeMed after undergoing several surgeries.

David is an avid cyclist and was about a block away from his home Thursday around 5:30 p.m.  A large oak tree snapped and fell, pinning him underneath branches at least two feet in diameter.

He suffered eight broken ribs, a collapsed lung, broken vertebrae, a broken arm and leg, and a fractured eye socket.

The force of the tree also snapped his bike in half and crushed his helmet.

His wife credits his survival to a Good Samaritan passing through who initially offered David a ride when the winds started picking up. When David refused the ride, the man watched in his rearview mirror and circled back around when he watched the tree fall.

Mark Stewart is that Good Samaritan and he was at the hospital Friday night with the Lawrences.

"If he had not been persistent, I hate to think what could have happened," Carol Lawrence said.

Stewart is also a cyclist and is offering to help replace David's bike and says he hopes they can bike together one day.

Carol said her husband is his positive and witty self, just extensively injured. She said doctors expect him to make a full recovery.

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