Senior confined to walker after White Rock trail incident




Posted on October 21, 2010 at 11:33 PM

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DALLAS — For the first time in his life, Narendra Sheth needs a walker and his wife's help to get around.

The 80-year-old was released from the hospital Thursday where he spent 10 days recovering from a collision with a bike rider.

"The whole right is hurting, the right side, nothing on the left," Sheth said.

A cyclist slammed into Sheth on October 13, around 6:45 in the morning. The incident happened near Kimberly Lane and West Lawther Drive at White Rock Lake.

Sheth says he wasn't wearing headphones and never heard the rider coming from behind.

"I did not even seen them, you know," Sheth said. "They were behind me. It was out of nowhere impact. All of sudden, just a shot and you are on the floor."

Sheth suffered serious injuries, including a fractured skull and collarbone, bruises and scratches.

At one point, he said doctors were worried about the swelling in his brain.

Two hours after Sheth's incident, two cyclists collided that same day in the same area. One was rushed to the hospital.

City leaders are currently working on a safety proposal for the Katy Trail. The discussion to make changes came after the death of 28-year-old jogger Lauren Huddleston. She and a cyclist collided after she turned into his path. Huddleston died from her injuries in early October.

News 8 has learned that the Katy Trail safety plan, if approved, will also be applied to White Rock Lake and other trails, including future projects.

According to City Council member Angela Hunt, many ideas are being considered, and everything — from speed limits to widening trails — is on the table.

Sheth told us he doesn't want bikers banned from the park. He just wants them to slow down when they are using a path that's shared with pedestrians.

"People who want to ride bicycles in a speed bike should stay on the road," he said.

In four weeks, Sheth might be able to walk on his own again. For now, the walks around the lake that he has enjoyed every day for the past 30 years are on hold.

"After that, I go around the block rather than the track," Sheth said.

Hunt hopes the city's proposal will be ready by the end of November.