911 call reveals Mayor Price knocked unconscious in bike accident




Posted on June 19, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 19 at 6:16 PM

FORT WORTH — Authorities on Tuesday released the 911 call from Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price’s bike accident over the weekend.   

The call, made by her husband Tom Price, revealed that the 62-year-old mayor was briefly knocked unconscious after she fell off her bike Saturday morning. 

“I’ve got an injured bike rider on the bike trail,” Mr. Price is heard telling dispatchers in the recording released to News 8. “She’s unconscious. I need an ambulance.”
Her husband never mentions that the injured victim is also the mayor of Fort Worth. 
“It’s, uh, my wife,” he told dispatchers a few minutes into the call. “She fell. She was unconscious. She’s regaining consciousness now. But she’s got, I think she needs to go to the hospital to get checked out. She was unconscious.”
The mayor was briefly hospitalized on Saturday for a broken collarbone and a concussion.
On Tuesday, Mrs. Price was still recovering from the accident. Aides do not expect her to return to work at Fort Worth City Hall until later this week.
“She’s been meeting with the doctors,” said Jason Lamers, a spokesman with the city, in an e-mail to News 8. He also added she is in good spirits and expected to make a full recovery.
“She’s trying very hard to follow the doctor’s advice of limiting her activities to only those necessary.”
Mrs. Price hit a rut on a gravel stretch of the Trinity Trail about 300 yards west of Beach Street on Saturday. She flew over her bike’s handlebars.
Dispatch calls released to News 8 on Monday show it took paramedics a little more than three minutes to arrive.
The mayor's office said she was in good spirits.
“Ouch!" Mrs. Price wrote on her Facebook page Saturday. "Fortunately, my helmet stayed on. It could’ve been worse. I will be back on my bike soon.”
Mrs. Price is well-known for using her road bike to get around Fort Worth. She leads bike rides for the public on Wednesday evenings, known as “rolling town halls,” to engage with constituents and encourage others to bike around Fort Worth. The mayor's staff will continue the weekly bike rides in her absence.
However, Lamers said the mayor plans to make her first public appearance at Wednesday’s cycling event.
“She’s definitely a strong rider,” said Bernie Scheffler, owner of Trinity Bicycles. Scheffler has ridden along with the mayor a few times.
“I think the whole bicycling community is — more than anything — concerned.”
The mayor’s Saturday ride was a private one for Mrs. Price. It appears she was riding only with her husband.
Many in the cycling community are anxious to see her back in the saddle. Scheffler would prefer Mrs. Price return to the trails sooner rather than later, if not on her own bike, than as a passenger on his.
“If she’s ready to go — but not quite ready to ride her own bike — we’ll take her for a ride,” he offered.

E-mail: jbetz@wfaa.com