Fund-raiser set for motorcycle wreck victim

Thursday, September 12, 2002

A benefit will be Sept. 14 at Spring River Moose Lodge in Salem for Orville Smith, 56, of Hardy who remains in serious condition at Cox Health Systems in Springfield, Mo. Smith has not regained consciousness since Aug. 8 when he sustained head injuries from a motorcycle accident.

The initial report from Arkansas State Trooper Ronnie Stewart reported Smith failed to negotiate a curve on Highway 62/412 about one mile east of Salem. Smith lost control of his 1984 Honda Goldwing and traveled 300 feet through a ditch and hit a driveway embankment, Stewart reported.

Statements filed by witnesses contend the presence of a small, dark-colored pickup truck that forced Smith off the roadway.

According to Capt. Harp of the Arkansas State Police there was no evidence the pickup truck made contact with Smith's motorcycle.

Smith was transported by Fulton County Ambulance to Fulton County Hospital, then was airlifted to Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home. He was later transferred to Cox Health Systems.

The benefit will include food, music and an auction to help raise money for Smith's expenses.

The lodge is holding the benefit in conjunction with the Freedom of Road Riders (FORR), Local 22 and Three Flags Vikings Club in West Plains, Mo.

FORR will kick off the event with a poker run leaving at 2 p.m. from Three Flags Vikings Club in West Plains with the last stop at the Spring River Moose Lodge with dinner starting at 5 p.m. and the auction and music to follow.

Three Flags Vikings Club will hold a benefit auction at 3 p.m. Sept. 15.

For more information contact Kevin James at 417-257-4133 or Lois Judkins at 870-895-3640.

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