Fundraiser planned to help injured Kennewick motorcyclist

Sara Schilling, Tri-City HeraldJuly 5, 2013 

A 31-year-old Kennewick man involved in a motorcycle wreck two weeks ago is still in the hospital with serious injuries, and a fundraiser is coming up to help with the mounting medical expenses.

Cory Curtis is in intensive care at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland with head trauma, a broken rib, bruised lung and broken shoulder blade, said Mike Nelson, his uncle. A fundraiser is planned July 13 and accounts have been established at HAPO and Gesa credit unions.

The wreck happened June 22 on Clodfelter Road near 245 PR Southeast.

Nelson said a large dog darted in front of Curtis' motorcycle. Curtis, who was traveling within the speed limit, braked and swerved but couldn't avoid the animal, Nelson said.

Curtis' female passenger suffered some road rash and abrasions but otherwise was unhurt.

Nelson said family members have remained by Curtis' side in the hospital. The 31-year-old is the son of Jeff Curtis and Debi Curtis-Roy, both of the Tri-Cities. He has two sisters and a brother.

He's also the father of a young daughter.

"He loves life, he loves his daughter. He's just a good kid," Nelson told the Herald.

Curtis grew up in the Finley area, attending River View High School. He worked for a time as a Franklin County corrections officer and for several years has been a security officer with Inter-Con Security Systems Inc., helping guard the federal building in Richland, Nelson said.

The uncle said Curtis has medical coverage for on-the-job injuries but not ones that happen off the clock -- and the costs are piling up.

Kelly Smith of Kennewick, a longtime friend, is organizing a spaghetti feed and auction July 13 to help with expenses. The event, which also will feature live music, starts at 5 p.m. at the Elks Lodge at 15 S. Colorado St., Kennewick. Cost is $10; advance tickets are not required.

Auction items still are being sought and can be dropped off at the Elks Lodge, Smith said.

She and Nelson said Curtis is the type to help others, and they hope the community turns out to help him.

"He's about the best guy I know. He's been a great friend," Smith said. "He would give the shirt off his back to you if he could."

-- Sara Schilling: 582-1529; sschilling@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @saraTCHerald

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