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2012-01-05

Bad week for motorcyclists

Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff Writer

The past week proved to be rough on motorcycle riders in Bandera County, with several major injury accidents occurring.

A serious motorcycle accident occurred over the weekend on Wharton's Dock Road that involved EMS, BCSO deputies, volunteer fire departments, DPS troopers and AirLife. The accident occurred at 5:56 pm on Sunday, Jan. 1, about a half mile from Rodeo Road in the 2000 block of Wharton's Dock Road.

A landing zone for AirLife was set up on the Flying L Ranch.

According to DPS reports, Jim Cody Chancey, 54, of Bandera, over corrected on a curve, struck the gravel on the roadside, and lost control of his bike.

Chancey was transported by AirLife to University Hospital Trauma Center in San Antonio where he remained in critical condition Wednesday, Jan. 4.

Chancey's sister, Nancy Murphy, said her brother remained in a deep coma but was showing signs of improvement. "We will be grateful for everyone to continue to lift Cody up in prayer," she said.

On Monday, Dec. 26, John P. McDonald, 48, of Dallas, failed to negotiate a curve on State Highway 16 and skidded off the road. The accident occurred at 1:52 pm. McDonald was cited for unsafe speed. He was wearing a helmet.

On Sunday, Jan. 1, Michael Coleman, 45, of Kerrville, was riding with a friend, Mario Baroz, 51, of San Antonio, on RM 377. Constable Don Walters was running radar speed checks and clocked the bikers at 82 mph. At 3:40 pm, Coleman slowed down and Baroz ran into him.

Baroz was transported to Sid Peterson Regional Hospital in Kerrville. He was cited for failure to control speed.