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Community raises money for man paralyzed in motorcycle wreck

Posted May 19, 2013

— The Knightdale community came together Sunday to raise money for a man severely injured in a motorcycle wreck last month.

Bruce Basil Hemmingway, 53, is adjusting to life as a quadriplegic, but he requires 24/7 care.

"I can't move my arms. I can't feed myself," he said. "I was the breadwinner. That's shut down."

Hemmingway could be released from WakeMed as early as next month, but that poses a problem. The doorways are too narrow for his wheelchair, the bedroom is way too small. 

"There has to be some pretty good remodeling going on," said his wife, Vicki Hemmingway.

Sunday's fundraiser aimed to pay for Bruce Hemmingway's mounting hospital bills, home healthcare and a handicap accessible van.

Builder Mike Miller has also been assembling donated materials and volunteer labor for much needed renovations at the Hemmingways' home. He plans to extend the couple's bedroom by 36 feet, build a handicap accessible bathroom and install a wheelchair lift.

The Hemmingways said they were amazed by the community's generosity.

"There's not enough words to say to any of them how much we appreciate everything they do for us," Vicki Hemmingway said.

Team Hemmingway 'Team Hemmingway' raises funds for paralyzed Knightdale man

On April 12, Bruce Hemmingway and friend Timothy Day Croom were riding their motorcycles on Hammond Road in Raleigh when a minivan turned into their path at the Tryon Road intersection, troopers said. 

"(The impact) threw me over the handlebars, and I landed on my back," Bruce Hemmingway said.

The minivan driver, Marilyn Alethea Lloyd, was cited for failing to yield the right of way. Croom was injured as well, but Bruce Hemmingway said his friend is expected to make a full recovery.

The Lynyrd Skynyrd song that was playing at the time of the collision – "Gimme Three Steps" – is helping to inspire Bruce Hemmingway in his recovery.

"I've done one step; I came out of ICU. Second step is here in rehab. My third step is making it home," he said. 

But three steps isn't enough for Bruce Hemmingway; he's striving for four.

"It's me walking again, and I believe the Lord is going to let me walk," he said. 

Contributions can be made to the Bruce and Vicki Hemmingway Fund at any State Employees Credit Union location.


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  • 68_dodge_polara May 20, 2013

    "I think we all know why she didn't help or care."

    I'm not sure this is entirely fair. Some people just freeze up during a crisis and seem unresponsive, not someone you would want to be in a fox hole with. I just couldn't imagine some one being so callus. But, I don't know as I wasn't there.

  • Obamacare survives May 20, 2013

    Also, Ms. Lloyd has shoplifting and larceny arrests in her wonderful past.

  • marciamal1 May 20, 2013

    My thoughts and prayers go out to this man in hopes that his life will improve each day. I always preach to my son, motorcycles are dangerous – just because you have a helmet on doesn’t mean you’re any saver. I’d rather have metal around me than sitting on it. There are so many risks when you’re holding on the bars and enjoying that joy ride. I see so many

  • Obamacare survives May 20, 2013

    "The lady that pulled out in front of them didn't even help nor seemed remorse I hope once he is home and sues things will get better financially." zile1porkey

    I think we all know why she didn't help or care.

  • 68_dodge_polara May 20, 2013

    "Not something you usually see a Harley rider try."

    Which is good as every rider should know their bike's limitations.

  • 68_dodge_polara May 20, 2013

    Also the color of a vehicle surprisingly may mean more than the size. We have a very large grey truck that I drive with the headlights on all the time because it seems to blend in to the road more than our other vehicles which are smaller. When driving without the headlights on people are more likely to pull out on us when driving the truck.

  • mojaintsmall May 20, 2013

    Most times it is the person driving the car that hits the bike then claims oh I never saw them. mojaintsmall

  • johnnybgood May 20, 2013

    My prayers go out to Mr.& Mrs. Hemmingway. My wife and I passed this accident right after it happened and we prayed that all involved were okay. As a fellow motorcycle rider it is scary to see what people do when they are driving: texting, talking, eating, reading, putting on makeup and this is on I-40 on our way to work. People really should be paying attention to the road but, we all know its easier said than done.

  • brassy May 20, 2013

    "The minivan driver, Marilyn Alethea Lloyd, was cited for failing to yield the right of way."

    She nearly killed two men and only gets a ticket?!!!

  • bubbba May 20, 2013

    Had a guy driving a late model Cadillac this morning on 70, pass and flip me the bird not once but 3 times. He wanted to speed up to stop light and sit I guess. He swerved in front on me and got mad at himself for catching the light and almost hitting me and wrecking his new caddie. When I just smiled and laughed in his reaview mirror he got madder and madder, more middle fingers. All the sudden a trooper pulls up and I point to him. His middle finger goes down really quick. I smile one more time and he pulls off slow and legal. bet it ruined his whole day and I am still smilling. People kill people, not cars.