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By Brian Holcombe
UCI Commissaire Harry Lam of West Jordan, Utah was seriously injured in a collision with a rider at the conclusion of the Masters 35+ category race in Northampton, Massachusetts, on Saturday November 7. The New England Bicycle Racing Association sanctioned the amateur race, which ran in conjunction with the Cycle-Smart International UCI cyclocross races held in Northampton over the weekend.
Lam was injured when he was hit by a rider some 30 feet beyond the finish line at the conclusion of the final lap. The rider sprinted for the finish before colliding with Lam from behind at high speed. NEBRA official Kristen Mills declined to release the name of the rider involved, but did say that he was able to walk away from the accident with only minor injuries.
Lam was fortunate in that there were emergency services staff on site. He was soon transported to Bay State Hospital, where he was treated for a fractured skull. Hospital staff performed an intubation when Lam experienced difficulty breathing following the accident. Lam also suffered a cerebral hematoma, which has since Sunday caused problems with his balance and vision.
Lam was treated in the trauma unit at Bay State for one day before moving to the intensive care unit for nearly three days. He was released Wednesday and is now recovering at his parents’ home in Virginia.
A long road to recovery faces Lam and will keep him in Virginia until he is cleared for air travel, which could be as long as two months. In the meantime, Lam’s children remained in Utah, unable to accompany his wife to the East Coast last week.
NEBRA officials have set up a fundraising drive at Bikereg.com to provide financial support for Lam’s recovery and his family’s living expenses while he recovers. The fund had raised more than $3,000 by last Friday afternoon.
Lam’s wife Susan said she has been overwhelmed by the support her family has received since the accident.
“It’s a huge thing for our family,” she said. “I just want to thank everybody for their prayers and their thoughts and wishing Harry well. We’ve received a lot of phone calls, emails and texts from people wishing that he gets a full recovery.”
To make a gift to the Harry Lam Donation Fund, visit BikeReg.com.