Cyclist Danny Morris released from hospital; long recovery ahead

Monday, February 13, 2012 - 1:52pm

BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) — The cyclist who was critically injured by a drunk driver was finally released from the hospital this weekend after spending a week in a medically induced coma, enduring multiple surgeries, and over 21-days in the hospital.

Danny Morris still has a long road in front of him regarding the recovery process. The accident destroyed Danny's femur. It was disconnected from his hip and his pelvis was separated. He has injuries to his tail bone and his spine, and his ankle is broken in two places.

Morris was one of two cyclists who were struck by a drunk driver on Saturday, Jan. 21. Morris survived, but was taken to the hospital in critical condition. His friend, Nathan Crowson, was fatally wounded and was pronounded dead at the scene of the crime.

Morris and Crowson were riding down Perkins Road between the College Drive and Essen crossroads. The motorist, Joseph Branch, was arrested after his blood alcohol level registered at nearly four times over the legal limit.

The ATC conducted an investigation at the bar "The Bulldog," which is where Branch admitted to drinking that evening. The ATC cleared the establishment of any wrong doing.

Since the accident, two donation campaigns began to support the daughter of Nathan Crowson and well as the recovery of Danny Morris.

A legal trust was established in the name of Katherine Coburn, the 5-year old daughter of Nathan Crowson. Donations can be made at any Capital One Bank location. Checks should be made to Katherine Coburn.

Our Lady of the Lake in Baton Rouge and St. Elizabeth’s in Gonzales are accepting blood donations in the name of Danny Morris. Any donation made will remove $15 from his medical bill. Click here to find out how to make a donation if you are out-of-town.


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