On May 16th Austin Ambrose was involved in a car crash while he was riding a dirt bike and was struck by a vehicle on Glenway Avenue. Reports show that Austin was following the rules of the road, and the vehicle driver was in the wrong. It’s a little consolation for Austin’s sister, who arrived on the scene almost immediately after Austin’s friend notified them of the accident.
Now Austin is on his sixth day in a coma at the University of Cincinnati's Medical Center. Austin’s family has given statements to Fox News in the hope that it will teach other riders to stay aware and that even when following the rules of the road, there’s a great risk. His family released that Austin has experienced brain swelling, facial fractures, and has undergone multiple surgeries including removal of part of his skull.
At this point, the family has stated that they’re looking for a home that can fit Austin's new needs and that his recovery will be a long journey. The family notes that Austin was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Austin’s father, Pete, urges others to realize that there’s no such thing as too cool for a helmet. That learning from this crash is critical because it could save another family’s child this hardship and suffering.
The vehicle driver involved was driving on a suspended license. Police detained the driver, but at this time, it’s not clear if there are any charges against that driver. Cincinnati Police have an open investigation for this crash and are working to understand the circumstances that led to the wreck and the seriousness of the injuries. At that point, they may move forward with charges.
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