Friends set up fundraiser for Sask. man involved in motorcycle crash in Arizona

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Friends say Lindsey Roy is facing a long road as he recovers from a significant motorcycle accident

Lindsey Roy was injured during a motorcycle accident in Mesa, Arizona on Jan. 11, 2022. His friends have now set up a gofundme for Roy as he faces a long road to recovery. photos courtesy Jeff Stephen
Lindsey Roy was injured during a motorcycle accident in Mesa, Arizona on Jan. 11, 2022. His friends have now set up a gofundme for Roy as he faces a long road to recovery. photos courtesy Jeff Stephen jpg

Jeff Stephen says such a terrible thing could not have happened to a kinder person.

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His longtime friend, Lindsey Roy, was down in Mesa, Ariz., where he and his wife now spend the winter. Roy, a “Harley man” as Stephen said, was out for his daily motorcycle ride around suppertime on Jan. 11 when he was involved in an accident that left him severely injured.

“No eyewitnesses,” said Stephen, and Roy is not able to recall what happened that day. “We’re not 100-per-cent sure and I don’t think we’ll ever know.”

Since then, he’s been fighting for his life, said Stephen. Not wanting to betray the trust or privacy of the family, Stephen said the injuries sustained were “significant.”

“He basically broke everything you could break on the right-hand side of his body. Now he is recovered from all the broken bones and ribs and punctured lungs and stuff, but he’s still facing a long road ahead,” said Stephen.

Roy was taken by air ambulance from Arizona back to Regina’s General Hospital in February. A significant medical bill and costs going forward motivated Stephen, with the blessing of the family, to organize a gofundme for Roy.

Stephen said following the “horrific motorcycle accident” Roy will need to be in a long-term care facility as he recovers. While the specifics of the accident aren’t known, Stephen says it looks like Roy, while on a freeway, laid his motorcycle down while going at highway speeds. It could have been to avoid a car or animal, but what happened is unclear.

What Stephen knows is that the helmet Roy was wearing almost certainly saved his life.

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“He’s still facing a long road ahead of him with neurology, considering he sustained a really terrible concussion in the accident,” said Stephen.

Roy is awaiting placement in a long-term care facility which is where he will continue his recovery.

Stephen said he and Roy have been friends for years. Roy was originally from the Lampman area but spent much of his time in Estevan, where Stephen grew up and worked.

“He was a very avid ballplayer and goaltender as well for many hockey teams that we played on together,” said Stephen.

“We come from a smaller town, so everyone knows each other and you look out for your neighbour.”

Roy is renowned for his work as a butcher, and to this day “everyone knows Lindsey for his homemade sausage. It’s second to none.”

On Tuesday, Stephen said they were hoping to get Roy out of the hospital and into Pioneer Village. Stephen spoke of Roy’s wife, Bonny, and the two sons they raised and how on Tuesday it was Lindsey and Bonny’s anniversary.

“I’m playing that little trick on Bonny,” said Stephen, who explained that he had bought some flowers and a card with the intent of getting Roy, who is able to write and communicate a little, to write his name in the card, to act like he went out and got the gift.

“I’m going to pull a trick on her and take it up there and then he’s going to call her and say he’s got something for her. It’ll probably bring a tear to her eye because, that poor woman, trying to deal with all of this … he was on life support for a long time.”

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