Rocky biker to return to riding after serious crash
A MOTORBIKE crash at 70km/h, and numerous broken bones and a punctured lung, has not deterred Don Smith from getting back on his motorbike.
Mr Smith, 53, was riding with his mates on the Glenroy Marlborough Rd, around 30kms south of Marlborough, on Sunday morning when something caused him to lean too far around a corner and veer off the road.
He was thrown over the handlebars and landed heavily, suffering serious injuries.
The Man's Toy Shop employee sustained seven broken ribs, a broken collar bone, an injured ankle and a punctured lung after the crash but is reportedly in "good spirits".
Fellow biking enthusiast and friend, Colin Baulch, said Mr Smith was awake and talking at Rockhampton Hospital yesterday afternoon and was already talking about hopping back on the bike.
"I don't think it's deterred him," Mr Baulch said.
"I've had plenty of stacks myself and when it's in your blood, you never stop.
"It's like surfers who have shark attacks and then get back in the ocean.
"It's the love of it... it doesn't deter them and it's like that for us too."
Mr Baulch said his friend was leaning into a corner on the road when he went off the road and into a ditch onto his right-hand side.
"That's the side that's sustained all the damage," he said.
"He wasn't going fast at all. He seems to think he saw something and took evasive action, but he's still fuzzy on what it was.
"He had a GoPro on his helmet but it came off and everyone has been trying to look for it around the crash site.
"It would further help what happened and why he veered off."
Luckily enough, his experience on the bike and proper safety gear prevented what could've been a far more serious outcome.
"Being an experienced rider, you've got to expect the unexpected and be prepared at all times," Mr Baulch said.
"It doesn't matter whether you're in the bush or on the road.
"There's other drivers and other people on the road so you've got to expect the unexpected, especially wildlife and cattle.
"There are things you've got to keep your eyes peeled for and you've got to adjust your speed accordingly."
Medical staff are currently assessing Mr Smith and will conduct further tests to determine the next plan of action.