By SARAH BRADBURY
Sarah King is a 26 year old woman from Pulaski, now living in Wytheville, who was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident March 14 in Wytheville. The people at AMVETS post 50 have organized a benefit ride to raise money to help King pay for her medical bills, which are in excess of $70,000.
The wreck left King in terrible condition with a fractured sternum, a torn meniscus leaving exposed bone in her leg, and numerous other injuries.
King had full coverage insurance on her motorcycle, but this only covered a fraction of the medical bills she continues to receive.
“I need all the help I can get,” said King. “My insurance only paid $5,000 max.”
According to a local insurance agent, if King did not have MedPay on her policy, which is very common not to have, she cannot be liable for herself. “Full coverage is not truly full coverage,” says the agent, “but comprehensive and collision coverage. These get grouped together and called full coverage, but each one carries a deductible that may be the same or different. The insured would only be protected for the bike, not for herself and her injuries.”
King says her cuts are all healed up, but not her sternum or torn meniscus. She is no longer receiving therapy and says her insurance stopped paying for it.
“I still walk about a mile every other day and try to get some exercises in when I don’t work,” said a very determined King.
King wrecked her brand new motorcycle less than a mile from her house on High Bridge road in Wytheville the first time she rode it.
“My husband was behind me to see how I was doing riding,” explained King. King said she grew up riding on the back of her dad’s bike and enjoyed every minute of it. “I guess you could say he got me hooked,” she said.
“One of my bills was $43,000. My helicopter ride was $30,000 from Wytheville to Roanoke,” King said of her medical expenses, “and the bills just keep piling up.”
AMVETS post 50 decided to sponsor a benefit ride in order to raise funds to assist King with some of her medical bills. King says anything will help. The benefit ride will take place August 10, 2013 at 10 a.m. with kickstands up at 11 a.m. The cost to participate in this benefit ride is $15 per bike with an additional $5 for passengers. Food, music, 50/50 door prizes, and trophies for distance and age will be provided. The ride begins and ends at AMVETS post 50 located at 1018 E. Main St., Pulaski. Any questions about this event can be directed to Hubert Sutphin Jr. at (540) 250-4791.
Even after this life threatening accident, King is facing her situation with extreme bravery and according to her sister-in-law, Sarah Bostock, “She hopes to ride a motorcycle again as soon as she is able.”