Vail local injured in bike accident
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado – Friends are rallying behind Dick Dime, a Vail local who was seriously injured Saturday in a cycling accident.
Dime, 44, was in an induced coma at Swedish Medical Center on Tuesday evening as a result of injuries he sustained while riding his bike in the Denver area, close friend Kat Armstrong said.
Friends have created a Web site, http://www.dickdime.info, to help raise money for Dime’s medical expenses.
Dime, whose real name is Richard Paradis, sustained a serious head injury, broken ribs and a punctured lung while training for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships, according to http://www.dickdime.info. Armstrong said a car hit Dime while he was cycling across a crosswalk. Dime was airlifted to Swedish Medical Center, the Web site said.
He was able to breath a bit on his own without a respirator on Tuesday, the site said.
“My hopes are that he will recover and do what he enjoys doing the most,” Armstrong said. “My fear is I know, after seeing him, it’s going to take a while for him to pull out and recover. I just know how much he enjoys racing. I just know it’s going to be hard. He’s going to need a lot of support if he pulls through.”
To support the well-known Vail local, friends are planning a pair of benefit concerts. Armstrong, 43, from Vail, said she’s been talking to bands about setting up a show at a Vail area venue in mid-September.
“We’d like to try to raise at least $10,000 in Vail” Armstrong said, noting Dime lost his health insurance a few weeks ago.
The 43-year-old East Vail resident served as a talent buyer for the Sandbar Sports Grill for about a year ending about a month ago, Armstrong said. He previously booked bands and entertainment at bars around Denver.
“He lives for music,” Armstrong said. “He loves booking music and he lives for riding his bike and exercising.”
Dime is an avid cyclist who competed in the Ironman Triathlon in Arizona last year.
“The road to recovery will be long,” the Web site says. “Richard doesn’t have health insurance or close family to take care of him but his awesome group of friends are by his side. Their care as well as the support of the triathlon community has been remarkable so far, but he will need a lot more help and support going forward and making his way back to a full recovery.”
Web site: http://www.dickdime.info
More information about the benefit concert: Contact Kat Armstrong, email@example.com
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