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A Thanksgiving in the hospital

Community: Bicyclist struck by alleged drunk driver on The Old Road recovers

Posted: November 24, 2010 7:14 p.m.
Updated: November 25, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Eleven days before Thanksgiving, Linda Schick, of Castaic, got a phone call that changed her life.

A stranger’s voice told her that her husband, Donald Schick, had been struck by an SUV while he was riding his bicycle on The Old Road.

The 59-year-old was four minutes away from their home when he was hit. A man stopped after he saw Donald Schick lying on the roadway.

Donald Schick, still conscious but seriously injured, asked the stranger to call his wife.

“I always ask where (Donald’s) going in case he is gone too long,” Linda Schick said Wednesday. “You always think,  ‘It’s never going to happen to us.’”

Linda Schick has been at her husband’s bedside at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital since the collision.

On Nov. 14, Donald Schick was struck from behind by a woman driving a 2003 GMC Yukon while he was riding his bicycle, according to past reports.

Schick was thrown to the asphalt and suffered several fractures in his spine and pelvis. He also broke several ribs and an ankle, and injured his knee, Linda Schick said.

But he didn’t suffer any head trauma, she said.

“He got broken up pretty good,” Linda Schick said. “Fortunately, he had his helmet on. He always wears a helmet. I thank God for that every day. He has no injuries to his head or face.”

His condition isn’t life-threatening, but he is an a tremendous amount of pain, she said.

“He’s in so much pain, and he has so many drugs in his system,” she said. “He seems a lot better than he probably should be. He hasn’t been asking ‘Why me?’ or whatever. But he has to be thinking that, because that’s what I do.”

Meanwhile, The woman driving the SUV, Stephanie Argo, allegedly fled the scene of the crash but was arrested later that day on suspicion of driving under the influence and felony hit-and-run, according to past reports.

Argo, 35, was being held Wednesday at a Lynwood detention center on $100,000 bail.

The investigation into the collision is continuing, said Officer John Lutz, of the California Highway Patrol Newhall Station.

Donald Schick had surgery on his spine Saturday, and he will be transferred to a hospital in Santa Monica so a specially trained surgeon can repair the fractures in his pelvis, Linda Schick said.

Family has come from across the country to visit, she added. His daughter flew in from North Carolina to be with her father.

Linda Schick said the days after the crash have been a struggle, but she’s thankful her husband is alive.

“People have offered for us to go to their house for Thanksgiving, but we’re going to be spending Thanksgiving in the hospital,” Linda Schick said. “I’m just thankful that (Donald’s) still here so that I could spend it with him anywhere.”


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