Monica Vaughan
Special to The Union

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October 18, 2013
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Paralyzed motorcyclist texted for help near Beale AFB

Rose Galen received a startling text at 6:32 a.m. Wednesday.

In the message, her live-in boyfriend asked her to call 911 — he had wrecked his motorcycle and was lying paralyzed on the side of the road.

Tim Webb, 51, of Grass Valley, was still in critical condition Thursday at Sutter Roseville Medical Center with a broken back and neck.

After calling 911, “I put on my clothes and started searching for him because I knew his route,” Galen said from the hospital. “He was able to stay on the phone, and he was able to talk to me and tell me where he was.”

She searched for about 45 minutes and was the first to find him on the side of Hammonton-Smartville Road near Beale Air Fore base, paralyzed from the chest down.

“I could see him over the ledge of the road,” she said. “He was alert, lying there.”

Galen is hoping that a witness will come forward to corroborate his story that a gravel truck ran him off the road.

“He told me that as he came around the corner, he came face to face with the gravel truck that came out of the place by Beale. They were all the way on his side of the road. He had to go off the road to avoid a collision,” Galen said.

Webb suffered major injuries, including a broken neck, back, pelvis, ribs and sternum.

“He is not doing very well. He has spinal cord injuries and will never walk again,” Galen said.

He had surgery on Thursday to stabilize his spine with rods because the fracture was so severe that he couldn’t sit up, she said.

Galen said she hopes that someone will come forward about the cause of the accident.

“We’ve got to find out who did this,” she said.

The California Highway Patrol said the incident is under investigation.

Webb is a mechanic for Holt Industries and has three children, including two who live at home. Galen’s child also lives with them.

Monica Vaughan is a reporter for the Marysville Appeal-Democrat.


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