May 10, 2012
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by David Swarts
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Nick Hayman. Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy of AMA Pro Racing
AMA Pro racer and Roadracing World contributor Nick Hayman is at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, in Santa Rosa, California, recovering from serious injuries he sustained in a crash during the May 6 AMA Pro SuperSport race at Infineon Raceway.
Hayman, riding his Ducati 848EVO, and Yamaha rider Nadr Riad came together in Turn Three of the undulating track, and both riders crashed. Riad slid into some haybales at a shallow angle, walked away from the incident and was able to make the restart of the race. Hayman went off track at a different trajectory, slid directly into a tire wall at high speed and suffered a list of serious injuries, including a severe closed head injury, broken left arm, broken ribs on his left side and a ruptured femoral artery in his left thigh.
Hayman was airlifted to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital where he underwent immediate surgery to stop the bleeding and repair his femoral artery and to relieve pressure caused by swelling in his brain. His brain was also bleeding.
"Sunday, we weren't sure if he was even going to make it out of surgery," said Samson Ng, General Manager of Munroe Motors, the San Francisco motorcycle dealership that Hayman co-owns. "It was very touch and go Sunday and the first half of Monday, but he's slowly coming around.
"This morning he was able to open his eyes a few times when the doctor commanded him to. Yesterday he opened them twice kind of on his own just for a second and then went back out. Today he opened them when the doctors asked him to, and he was able to squeeze the doctor's hand. But that only lasted for a short bit before the medication kicked in and he went back to sleep. He's still not breathing on his own yet, but he's definitely coming around."
Munroe Motors, acting on behalf of Hayman's family, has set up a page on the dealership's website (~) to provide updates on his condition.
Because Hayman is still in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and unable to take calls or have visitors, Munroe Motors has set up a dedicated e-mail address (GetWellNick30@gmail.com) where friends and fans can send messages of support. Friends and fans can also send cards to Hayman via Munroe Motors at 412 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.
A webpage to accept donations to go toward Hayman's medical bills is also being set up.
Update: According to a source at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital with direct knowledge of Hayman's medical condition, Hayman also suffered multiple hematomas and his left femoral artery was ruptured in several places. The amount of "pressor drugs" Hayman is being given has been reduced, which means his bleeds are slowing/stopping. The color of the leg with the now-repaired artery is "excellent," and he is moving the leg. A complete neurological assessment will not be possible until he is off sedation, which may be today or Friday.
Meanwhile, Riad posted a statement online, which read as follows:
Statement On Incident During AMA Pro SuperSport Race 2 At Infineon Raceway
Nick Hayman and I were involved in an unfortunate racing incident that resulted in both of us crashing. I slid into haybales, Nick slid into a tire wall at Infineon Raceway.
It is unfortunate that there was no Airfence in front of the tire wall in this particular part of the race track.
My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family as he is recovering. I wish him a swift and full recovery.
Second Update: Nick Hayman was originally listed in Critical condition when admitted to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, but according to hospital spokesperson Katy Hillenmeyer, Hayman is now listed in Serious condition.