Bike ride turnes into bloody hospital trip

In the blink of an eye a nice evening bike ride around Pine Park in Keremeos turned bloody.

Matt Glada


In the blink of an eye a nice evening bike ride around Pine Park with the kids suddenly turned into a bloody and terrifying mess that led to an emergency trip to the Penticton hospital.

Matt Glada, 35, bought two second hand bikes for him and his girlfriend Stacey, so the whole family could go for a ride together.

The family including children Haylie, 5, and Damien, 9, hopped on their bikes for a March Break ride last Wednesday night.

“We made sure the kids put their helmets on and away we went,” he said. “I didn’t even think to check over the bikes.”

They got to Pine Park and Dad decided to try a few tricks from his younger years.

Unfortunately the front forks didn’t hold and Glada went smashing face first into the ground.

“It was terrible. I could have had a broken neck,” he said.

Paramedics attended the scene and took Glada away on a spine board in case he had caused himself serious injuries.

After testing in Penticton it was determined he hadn’t suffered a spinal cord or head injury and despite the 15 stitches and having an eye so swollen he hasn’t been able to open it for over a week, he feels lucky.

“It could have turned out so much worse. I’m actually OK considering. It looks bad but I’m OK,” he said.

Every year on average in the Southern Interior, about 110 cyclists are injured and two killed from May to October. The data was compiled using statistics collected between 2008 to 2013.

It’s unclear how many of those injuries or deaths could be prevented by wearing a helmet.

“It’s a hot-button issue around the house whether or not a helmet would have prevented the injury and I really don’t know, but I do know, it wouldn’t have hurt. Everyone needs to wear a helmet and check their bike before they go out,” he said.

Just Posted

Okanagan-Shuswap Weather: Most long-weekend rain has already fallen

A mix of sun and cloud is expected for the last two days of the the Victoria Day weekend.

Update: Mother dead, youth in critical condition after carbon monoxide poisoning at Sandy Point Campground

The woman was found unresponsive insider her tent and the youth was taken via air ambulance to hospital

Penticton Indian Band councillor trying for federal seat

Joan Phillip acclaimed as NDP candidate for Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola

Former Greyhound bus drivers gather in the Okanagan for one last hurrah

Bash kicks off Friday in Penticton and runs until Sunday

Some South Okanagan students are $1,000 richer

Million Dollar Bursary Program offers bursaries each year to Interior Savings’ young members

Weather holds up for Rutland May Days

60th annual May Day midway, market and entertainment saw hundreds of attendees

Raptors beat Bucks 118-112 in 2OT thriller

Leonard has 36 points as Toronto cuts Milwaukee’s series lead to 2-1

South Okanagan runners take top spots in Peach City RunFest

Both the top male and female half-marathon winners were from Penticton

Former Greyhound Canada employees gather in Okanagan to say a final farewell

“Greyhound may take our jobs but they will never take our friendships,” says former bus driver

Kelowna firefighters douse blaze in hedges

The cause of the fire on Renfrew Road is under investigation.

‘Teams that win are tight’: B.C. Lions search for chemistry at training camp

The Lions added more than 50 new faces over the off-season, from coaching staff to key players

Rescue crews suspend search for Okanagan kayaker missing for three days

71-year-old Zygmunt Janiewicz was reported missing Friday

Okanagan Springtime Regatta draws more than 50 sailboats

Sailors treated to windy, excellent long weekend conditions on Okanagan Lake in Kelowna

B.C. VIEWS: Reality of our plastic recycling routine exposed

Turns out dear old China wasn’t doing such a great job

Most Read