Injured Pasco motorcyclist undergoes rehab in Yakima

By Kristi Pihl, Tri-City HeraldMarch 27, 2014 

Roger Cox Motorcycle

In this undated photo, Roger Cox of Pasco sits on the 2011 Triumph Rocket motorcycle he was riding when he was hit by a car in January. Cox is recovering from the major injuries he sustained in the wreck.

COURTESY NEIL MIDDLETON

A Pasco motorcyclist who was injured two months ago in a crash has started rehabilitation in Yakima.

Roger Cox, 68, was discharged from Seattle's Harborview Medical Center after seven weeks that he and his family describe as "emotionally and physically taxing."

Cox was critically injured Jan. 30 while riding his motorcycle. A car crossed the center line on Taylor Flats Road in Franklin County and hit him head on.

At Harborview, Cox had multiple surgeries.

His family said this week that they hope to bring him back to the Tri-Cities within the next few weeks.

"Roger, a devout believer in Christ, is certain he and his family's faith in God spared his life," his family said in a statement. "He is humbled by the amount of love, support and prayers from all who do and do not know him."

Police arrested Benito Ramirez, 30, the driver of the Acura that crashed into Cox, on suspicion of driving under the influence. Ramirez was booked into the Franklin County jail on suspicion of vehicular assault. He is no longer in custody and has not been charged with a crime.

Cox said he hopes his experience will make people think twice before driving when intoxicated, his family said.

"He knows his outcome could have been very different and there are others in similar situations who were not as fortunate," his family said.

Cox also encouraged people to look out for and share the road with motorcyclists. "A biker has only his protective riding equipment between he/she and another vehicle and the road," he said.

To help Cox and his family pay for his medical and rehabilitation costs, go to www.giveforward.com and search for "Roger's Last Ride."

Prayers and well wishes for Cox and his family may be left on a Facebook page called "Praying for Roger Cox" at www.facebook.com/prayingforRogerCox.

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

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