Injured Mountain Biker Gets Big Air After Crash

A man is rescued in Whiting Ranch after a bike ride goes awry.

Helicopter of the Orange County Fire Authority. Credit/OCFA
Helicopter of the Orange County Fire Authority. Credit/OCFA
By Martin Henderson

A 21-year-old man was hoisted to safety Sunday after crashing on his mountain bike. 

According to Capt. Steve Concialdi of the Orange County Fire Authority, the mountain biker was riding with others in Whiting Ranch when he went over the handlebars and crashed into a 70-pound rock with enough force to move the rock. 

"The main takeaway from this is that he was wearing a helmet and didn't suffer a serious head injury," Concialdi said. "Also, whenever you ride on trails, you should do so with at least one other person, and he was. They called for medical aid."

The man suffered a broken arm and ribs, as well as a stomach injury, along with lacerations. The helicopter from the OCFA hoisted him from his position on Cow Trail—where he was going downhill at the time of the crash—and he was taken by air to Mission Hospital. His injuries were not life-threatening.

The incident took place early Sunday afternoon.
Homer January 22, 2014 at 12:19 PM
Wow. That's a solid hit. -Hope he recovers well and is able to get back to the activities he enjoys. Thanks to the OCFA for the 'big air' assist.
Doug Cirbo January 22, 2014 at 01:09 PM
Just a simple word to the wise when riding in Whiting as one who has broken a collar bone and helped rescue a very experienced buddy on a recent ride who suffered a collapsed lung, broken collar bone, and severe concussion; error on the side of caution rather than crazy. Also extend high praise for the OCFA who were able to make it deep into the park to care for my friend and get him to the hospital quickly.


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