More surgeries planned for Pasco motorcyclist

Tri-City Herald Staff WriterFebruary 18, 2014 

Motorcycle Car Wreck

Sgt. Jim Dickenson of the Franklin County Sheriff's Office walks past his police vehicle on Taylor Flats Road while investigating the January 30 coliision involving the heavily damaged Acura and a motorcycle ridden by Roger W. Cox. Benito Ramirez, 30, the Acura driver initially was booked into the Franklin County jail on suspicion of vehicular assault. He is no longer in custody. He was not injured.


— A 68-year-old Pasco man is in a stable but serious condition as he recovers at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center from life-threatening injuries caused in a head-on collision.

Motorcyclist Roger W. Cox already has had six surgeries since the Jan. 30 collision, according to a family spokesperson.

Two more major surgeries are needed, with one planned for this week, said Leigh Wick, a spokeswoman for his family.

Cox remains in the intensive care unit, she said. There is not a date for him to be moved at this point. Doctors are working on a recovery plan.

Doctors still do not know the full extent of Cox’s injuries, she 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.

The Cox family has started a Facebook page called “Praying for Roger Cox,” where prayers and well wishes can be left for Cox and his family at There were already 167 “Likes” as of Tuesday afternoon.

Wick said Cox’s wife Teri has been checking the page frequently.

Cards or letters still 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.

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