Triathlete recovering from bicycle accident

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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MEDICINE LODGE, Kan.--- In the late afternoon of April 21st, Elisabeth 'Liz' Armstrong Edwards was riding her bicycle when she was hit by a pick up truck driver near Medicine Lodge.

"It was just devastating. It was horrible," said Brett Edwards, husband.

Her husband learned about the accident from his mother who had been listening to police scanners. He rushed to the scene of the accident, north of Curry Lane and Isabel Road, and got there before the ambulance.

"I was just concerned with being by her and just holding on to her and just talking to her. And the ambulance got there really quick," he said.

Since then, Liz has been at Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis in Wichita. She has undergone surgeries for multiple back and neck fractures, pelvic fractures, leg and ankle fractures, and foot fractures.

"She's just really strong and that's really helped her get through this," said her husband.

Thanks to her helmet, Liz did not suffer brain damage. Now, she is off a ventilator and able to talk.

"Not to hear her voice for that long, that was hard," he said.

Brett thanks the community for the cards, letters, food, and support during her road to recovery.

The Barber County Sheriff's Office continues to lead the investigation on the accident. The Barber County District Attorney has asked for an independent investigation by the Kansas Highway Patrol to investigate the causes leading up to the accident.

A fund has been created to help the Edwards during this road to recovery.

The fund is called "The Liz Edwards Love & Healing Fund" at The Citizens Bank of Kansas in Medicine Lodge. The address is 120 E. Kansas Ave, Medicine Lodge, KS 67104.

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