Although he will likely never walk again, Timothy Webb, 51, of Grass Valley, was “doing pretty good” on Friday after a six-hour surgery Thursday to stabilize his spine.
Webb is alert but on a ventilator. He is able to communicate using his iPhone and an ABC board.
He suffered a broken neck, back, pelvis, ribs and sternum after he swerved off Hammonton-Smartville Road close to Beale Air Force Base early Wednesday to avoid a collision with a truck, while riding his 2008 Yamaha motorcycle.
His girlfriend, Rose Galen, called 911 and then found him after searching for 45 minutes in response to a text for help she received from Webb at 6:32 a.m. Wednesday.
She said Webb told her he swerved to avoid a gravel truck that was driving in his lane on a turn.
“When he went off the road, the truck driver didn’t stop, and there was nobody on the road behind him,” Galen said Friday. She said if he hadn’t had his phone on him, “nobody ever would have known. You couldn’t see him from the road.”
After seeing the conditions of the road, she suspects the truck driver was coming down from a bank turn down toward the S curve and took the turn wide.
Galen is hoping that a witness, or the truck driver, will come forward.
Anyone with any information regarding the incident is urged to contact the California Highway Patrol at 530-674-5141.
Vaughan is a reporter with the Marysville Appeal-Democrat.