The 44-year-old Citrus County motorcyclist who was struck Tuesday by a man fleeing a traffic stop remains hospitalized in an area hospital, according to a family spokesperson.
The man was struck when nine-time convicted felon, Johnny Travis Wilson, 39, of Crystal River, fled the scene of a traffic stop, injuring two deputies and the motorcyclist during a traffic stop at State Road 44 and North Crede Avenue, near the Sunoco Gas Station at 6971 W. Gulf-to-Lake Highway. The motorcyclist was struck in front of the Sporting Club at 1020 NE Fifth St., Crystal River, which is directly across the street from RaceTrac.
The man, whose name is not being released due to Marsy’s Law, had his left leg amputated below his knee and several small fractures in his lower back, the family spokesperson said.
According to the family, the father of two was placed into a medically induced coma after his initial surgery to amputate his leg. The man remains on a ventilator, because his blood pressure is extremely elevated.
“The surgeon was happy she could save (the leg) above the knee,” the spokesperson said. “He still has a long road ahead of him; he’s got some intestinal issues and he’s had repairs to his colon. As of right now, he’s in stable, but guarded condition.”
The man had recently resumed riding motorcycles, a pastime “he loves to do, getting out there and riding the bike.”
“He was, unfortunately, in the wrong place at the wrong time,” the family spokesperson said, noting the man was wearing a helmet when the crash occurred.
The man is not yet responding to commands. The man also cannot squeeze hands when asked to do so and does not have feeling in his right leg.
“He’ll open his eyes when you say his name,” the spokesperson said. “When they run anything against the bottom of his foot, he doesn’t move his leg or wiggle his toes.”
Medical staff does not believe the man sustained any head injuries, but plan to do another scan this week, the family spokesperson said. The spokesperson said stabilizing the man’s blood pressure so they can remove the ventilator would be a big step for his recovery.
“They just cannot get him stable enough to get him off the ventilator,” the family member explained, noting another surgery was scheduled for Monday morning.
“He’s not out of the woods yet,” they said.
The victim is going to have a long recovery as it is, the family spokesperson said.
“It’s devastating, but in the grand scheme of things he is alive,” they said. “At same time, it’s a devastating thing to have happened.”
The family is not seeking any financial help.
“We’re not asking for anything except prayers,” they said.
During Wilson’s first appearance hearing last Friday, Citrus County Circuit Judge Richard “Ric” Howard set the 39-year-old’s bond at none for his nine felony charges and one misdemeanor, according to court-filed records.
Howard also ordered Wilson to be detained in jail until his trial, granting a motion from prosecutors with the State Attorney’s Office, records show.
Assistant State Attorney Blake Shore said a judge could still change Wilson’s bond status depending on changes in the circumstances of case proceedings.