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May 30, 2013
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Long recovery for Tahoe men hurt in motorcycle accidents

Two South Shore residents face long recoveries after sustaining serious injuries in separate motorcycle accidents only hours apart at the Sand Pit Off-Highway Vehicle area earlier this month.

Both Ray Ficklin and Tyson Terpening were injured at the sand pits May 14. Both remain at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno receiving medical care.

Terpening, a park builder for Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort and Snow Park Technologies, suffered a broken arm and broken pelvis, as well as significant internal injuries after crashing his motorcycle at the off-road area located east of the “Y” off of Lake Tahoe Boulevard.

“Plates have been placed in his arm and pelvis,” according to a post about Terpening on www.youcaring.com.

“He is going to be alright; and with dedicated rehabilitation he will be able to fully recover. His injuries will have him in a wheelchair for close to six months while his body heals.”

Ficklin was hitting a familiar jump at the sand pits later that day, around 6 p.m., and ended up too far forward while in the air, causing him to land on his chest and face from about 25 feet up, according to a post on a www.rayficklin.com, a site set up to help pay for medical costs.

Ficklin broke the bones in his face below his eye sockets from his helmets impact with his face and suffered a torn aorta from the crash.

He has undergone two surgeries to repair the damage to his heart and reconstructive surgery to his face, said family friend Nancy Enterline.

“Ray has made a remarkable improvement over the past few days, demonstrating tremendous inner strength and his will to live,” according to the website set up for Ficklin. “He has a long road to recovery before him.”

The family and friends of both Ficklin and Terpening are seeking donations to help pay for the costs associated with their medical care.

Friends and family of Ficklin will hold a fundraiser for him 5-9 p.m. today at SNE Gymnastics at 867 Eloise Ave.

Those close to Terpening have set up a site for donations for him on www.youcaring.com.

■ On Thursday, a teenager was helicoptered for treatment after he injured himself in an Indian Hills skateboard accident.

According to emergency traffic the teenager was lying in the street on Mica Drive at about 2 p.m.

Rescuers contacted CalStar and transported the teenager to Station 12 where he was picked up by the helicopter.

No further information was available about his age or the exact nature of his injuries.


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The Record Courier Updated May 30, 2013 07:16PM Published May 31, 2013 01:51PM Copyright 2013 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.