Beatrice man in recovery after motorcycle accident
"When I laid there, I though I was going to die."
That is what Dennis Lyons was thinking after he flipped over a car on his motorcycle. He saw the car fail to stop. It hesitated and he said he prayed the car would just wait a couple more seconds and let him cross 12th Street.
"As soon as I hit the car, I blacked out," said Lyons.
Dennis currently has 9 broken ribs, a broken right arm, a shattered left elbow, a broken collarbone and several parts of his vertebrae were also broken. He was in the trauma unit of Bryan West for 8 days.
He said he is unrehabilitatable, so for now, he's just healing up. He said he could do 6 to 8 months of rehab. That's a lot for any person, but it's different when your wife is 9 months pregnant and due May 29th.
"Dennis, I'm just grateful he's alive," said Jessica Lyons, his wife. "I can't imagine my life without him."
Jessica is 39 weeks pregnant and now she is preparing to take care of not only her newborn child but also her husband. Said Jessica:
"Things are really tough right now, and it is really stressful, but it is going to be okay."
But Jessica isn't the only one to care for her husband; the community of Beatrice is pitching in, too. Someone mowed their lawn for free, others brought food, and there will even be a car show and benefit for Dennis.
When his sister Lisa saw all the costs associated with staying the hospital, she decided to start a Go Fund Me page with their permission. That page met its goal on three separate occasions. Today- it breached $2000.
"They deserve it," said Lisa. "They are wonderful people that deserve this kind of help."
Dennis said, he knows things are going to be different, but with the help of his wife and sister, he said they can all take care of it.
"I don't like to be tied down. But this is only temporary. And I have to work on getting myself better so I can help Jess with the baby," said Dennis. "With a baby on the way, I'm just thankful to be alive."
He hopes that this part of his life will inspire others to be more cautious of other motorists on the road. Said Dennis:
"Teach your kids to count motorcycles like you would count slug bugs. Make them aware of motorcycles because there's a lot of us out there."
The benefit for Dennis will be at the Sonic in Beatrice on May 31st. The event will start at 6 p.m. and his hosted by Jay Husker Auto Group, Sonic and AutoZone