Pasco motorcyclist still in critical condition after collision

Kristi Pihl, Tri-City HeraldFebruary 6, 2014 

A 68-year-old Pasco man has shown miraculous strength as doctors at Seattle's Harborview Medical Center continue to care for his life-threatening injuries, according to a family spokeswoman.

Motorcyclist Roger W. Cox remains in critical condition in the intensive care unit after a head-on collision last week.

"The family would like to thank the community for their support, prayers and well wishes," said Leigh Wick, a spokeswoman for his family.

Doctors are still trying to assess the full extent of Cox's injuries, she said. He will need multiple surgeries.

Cox's wife Teri, daughters Robin Cox Harding and Deborah Carr, his sister Sandy Thompson from Arkansas and his longtime friend Neil Middleton are all with him, Wick said.

Cox was driving his motorcycle on Taylor Flats Road in Franklin County when a car crossed the center line and hit him Jan. 30.

Cards or letters can be sent to the Cox family at Harborview Medical Center, 325 Ninth Ave., Seattle, WA 98104, Attention: Cox family, Floor 9, Maleng Building.

His family has not asked for donations, but both The Living Room Community Church and Edward Jones in Pasco are accepting donations to help with expenses.

Donations can be made through The Living Room Community Church, 1409 S. Garfield St., Kennewick, WA 99337 or Edward Jones, 3616 W. Court St., Suite I in Pasco, WA 99301. Indicate the donation is for the Cox family.

Benito Ramirez, 30, the driver of the Acura that crashed into Cox, initially was booked into the Franklin County jail on suspicion of vehicular assault. He is no longer in custody. He was not injured.

-- Kristi Pihl: 582-1512; kpihl@tricityherald.com

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