[Update] Razorbacks' Bobby Petrino Hospitalized, Expected To Make Recovery Following Motorcycle Accident

by Chris Bahn  on Monday, Apr. 2, 2012 11:40 am  

The site of Bobby Petrino's motorcycle crash in Madison County, photographed on Monday. The object in the right-center is a lamp from the motorcycle. (Photo by Chris Bahn)

This story is from the archives of ArkansasSports360.com.

Arkansas Coach Bobby Petrino is expected to make "a full recovery" following a motorcycle crash approximately 23 miles outside of Fayetteville on Sunday evening.

Arkansas State Police confirmed they worked a one-vehicle accident involving Petrino off Highway 16, approximately two miles from the Crosses community, on Sunday night in Madison County. Injuries sustained are "not life threatening" and sources told ArkansasSports360.com that Petrino is banged up with injuries that include broken ribs and a chipped vertebrae, but the coach is expected to make a full recovery. They say he also is expected to be released from the hospital today.

Sources told ArkansasSports360.com that Petrino was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

State police spokesman Bill Sadler said police were called to the scene where they found the motorcycle had left the roadway near the Crosses community. Petrino was headed northwest toward Fayetteville and the motorcycle appeared to have left the roadway 20 yards from where it came to rest on pile of limbs and other debris.

Pieces of the motorcyle were found at the scene Monday morning. Petrino was riding a stretch of road that is popular among motorcyle enthusiasts.

In a statement, the UA said:

Coach Petrino was involved in a motorcycle accident on Sunday evening that involved no other individuals. He is in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery. Our family appreciates respect for our privacy during the recovery and we are grateful for the thoughts of Razorback fans at this time.

Jeff Long, director of athletics and vice chancellor, said he has been in touch with the Petrinos and added that he will consult with the family to provide additional information at a later time. Until then, there will be no further information or comment on the accident per the Petrinos' request.

Here is the statement from state police:

"Arkansas State Police was notified of a single vehicle motor vehicle crash along Highway 16 in Madison County near the Crosses community about 6:45 last night [Sunday]. The crash involved a motorcycle that had left the roadway. Coach Petrino was the operator of the motorcycle. He was transported to a Washington County medical facility."

A police report on the incident isn't available. According to Arkansas State Police policy, a trooper has two to three working days to submit a report for review by a surpervisor.

The Razorbacks football team last practiced on Friday, and practice is scheduled for tomorrow. Petrino's next media availability is scheduled for Friday. It is unclear if Petrino, who has gone 21-5 the last two seasons with a Top 5 ranking in 2012, will be available for practice.



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