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Long recovery ahead for locals injured in motorcycle accidents

Adam Jensen

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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 hospitalized in Reno.

Terpening, a park builder for Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort and Snow Park Technologies, suffered a broken arm and pelvis, as well as significant internal injuries after crashing his motorcycle around 3 p.m. 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 http://www.youcaring.com. “He is going to be alright; and with dedicated rehabilitation he will be able to fully recover.”

Amy Terpening, Tyson’s wife, said the injuries will likely keep him in a wheelchair for several months and on crutches for several weeks after that. She hopes he’ll be able to come home in early June.

She said her husband is still in good spirits despite the injuries, joking with her as soon as she got to the hospital and reading dirt bike magazines in his hospital bed.

Ficklin was hitting a familiar jump at the sand pits around 6 p.m. May 14, 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 http://www.rayficklin.com, a site set up to help pay for medical costs. Ficklin broke all the bones in his face below his eye sockets from his helmet’s impact with his face and suffered a torn aorta from the crash. He has undergone surgery to repair the damage to his heart and facial reconstructive surgery, 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. At one point the men were in neighboring rooms at Renown Regional Medical Center.

Friends and family of Ficklin will hold a fundraiser for him Friday, May 31 from 5-9 p.m. at SNE Gymnastics at 867 Eloise Ave.

Those close to Terpening have set up a site for donations for him on http://www.youcaring.com. A benefit is also being planned for Terpening at Turn 3 on June 19, Amy Terpening said. She said they’ve already been humbled by the amount of support they’ve received from the South Shore community.

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