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Connor Bolton was hit while riding his bicycle on 1st Ave. No. near 42nd Street in St. Petersburg last October. He broke two legs, shattered his hip and fractured his skull. He was in canada goose outlet paypal a coma for two weeks at Bayfront and doctors told his mother that he might not survive. Bolton was finally discharged after a month in the hospital, along with a 42 pound weight loss, and has been in rehabilitation ever since. canada goose outlet toronto He has graduated from a wheelchair, to a walker and now uses a cane. [Courtesy of Bolton family]

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Is Connor okay?

There was no simple answer in the middle of that October night in 2017, and a year later it’s still a question full of qualifiers.

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Turns out, the numbers cited by the Journal, while factually correct, were also a bit dated.

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But, canada goose premium outlet as Tampa Bay Times reporter Daniel Figueroa IV reported this week, the bay area’s standing has improved somewhat in the past five years.

Even so, the fatality rate in Florida was more than double the national average. And it was even worse when you singled out Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas.

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There are plenty of factors, and no single explanation. Experts cite demographics that canada goose sale uk include high density, a sizable elderly population buy canada goose uk and tourists unfamiliar with streets. Many Florida communities also have been slow to embrace bicycle safety standards for their roadways. And there are suggestions that Florida is such a car centric state that drivers are not accustomed to looking for pedestrians and cyclists.

Any, or all, of those theories might be valid.

But for Connor Bolton, now 24, the true answer is a little more personal.

Martha and her other children spent days, nights and weekends in Connor’s hospital room.

buy canada goose jacket When he finally awoke, they thought the worst was past them. And then his lungs began filling up with fluid, and he became unresponsive once again. They played nature shows and music in his room. They followed all the proper protocols. But mostly, it seemed, they waited for him to pass. buy canada goose jacket

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canada goose clearance A month at Bayfront was followed by another nine months in a hospital bed in the family living room. Connor’s therapy began in a wheelchair, progressed to a walker and later a cane. He lost more than 40 pounds in the hospital, and still has a burning sensation in his feet from nerve damage. canada goose clearance

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And now he dreads the idea of limping into a courtroom later this year to face 28 year old Quinn Hessinger, who was eventually charged with providing false information to police, driving an unregistered vehicle and leaving the canada goose outlet online scene of a crash involving injury.

Connor, meanwhile, has re enrolled in St. Petersburg College where he is pursuing a degree canada goose outlet real in business. He continues rehab daily, and even looks forward to getting back on a bicycle.