Bicyclist faces long recovery after injuries in Ironman crash
Posted June 2, 2014
New Hill, N.C. — It will be a couple more days before doctors can diagnose the full extent of the injuries Jon Segerstrom suffered when he hit an SUV stopped in the middle of the road during Sunday's Ironman 70.3 race.
According to the state Highway Patrol, Segerstrom, of Raleigh, was competing in the bicycle leg of the triathlon at about 9:15 a.m. on New Hill Holleman Road in New Hill when Sheila Morrison tried to pass the Ironman bicyclists on a double yellow line, which is illegal. Traffic officers and contestants told her to slow down. Instead, she stopped suddenly in the middle of the road near Shearon Harris Road.
Segerstrom was taken to WakeMed with cuts to his face and several missing teeth. He also complained of injuries to his back and neck, troopers said, but doctors want to wait for the swelling to go down to determine if he has any broken bones. He was out of the hospital by Sunday night with his jaw wired shut and unable to speak, troopers said.
Morrison was charged with careless and reckless driving and failing to obey a traffic officer.