Bike Crash Leaves Roethlisberger In Serious Condition
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is undergoing surgery after a motorcycle accident on Monday morning, doctors at Mercy Hospital said.
Roethlisberger is in serious but stable condition, according to Dr. Larry Jones, who did not say what type of surgery was being performed.
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The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review said the accident happened on Second Avenue near the 10th Street Bridge. Police have shut down the bridge, Second Avenue and the Armstrong Tunnels.
A witness told Channel 4 Action News that Roethlisberger went over his handlebars, hit the windshield of a car and then fell to the ground.
The witness said she saw the accident and went over to help but did not recognize Roethlisberger. When she asked him what his name was, she said he replied, "Ben."
The woman added that Roethlisberger asked her a series of questions, including where he was and what state he was in. He attempted to stand up but the woman said she encouraged him not to move until paramedics arrived.
The bike and the silver Chrysler New Yorker have been towed, and police are investigating the crash.
The driver of the New Yorker is not believed to have been seriously injured.
Roethlisberger was not wearing a helmet, according to the Tribune-Review. In the past, he has publicly said he prefers to ride helmetless, which is legal in Pennsylvania.
Former Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw has been an outspoken critic of Roethlisberger's motorcycle activity, saying Roethlisberger should stay off bikes until his playing career ends.