published Sunday, July 17th, 2011

Chattanooga: Biker’s leg severed in crash

A motorcyclist severed his left leg when he crashed into a guardrail on U.S. Highway 27 tonight, according to Chattanooga police.

Tommy Peppers, 56, was riding his Harley-Davidson south about 8 p.m. when he lost control and hit the rail, then was thrown into the oncoming lane, according to the police news release shortly after 11 p.m.

Police said Peppers was rushed into surgery at a hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The highway was closed for several hours.

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AJLow said...

thanks NCbegood10; that means a lot considering hes my uncle. we just got back from the hospital about an hour ago and so far he is stable but did lose his left leg bc they were unable to reatach it. when the accident happened someone saved his life by pulling their belt of and strapping it around his leg to reduce the blood lose. the belt was in the bag along with his helmet and pants and shirt. he has no head injuries but it did break his right arm in three places and shttered his right shoulder rotator cuff. ut he is stable and on abreather.

July 18, 2011 at 6:27 a.m.
AJLow said...

he had just left our lake house and was heading home

July 18, 2011 at 6:27 a.m.
rolando said...

Those of us who ride know deep down the risks we take out there...but ignore them for the freedom of the ride outside a cage. I ride my FXDB whenever I can, cold and rain permitting -- riding a Harley was a Bucket List item of mine for decades and I relish every mile.

Tennessee has a million great roads to ride, all of them with one more hill and one more curve. Those who don't ride seldom understand...

May God be with Mr. Peppers to ease his way back to health. All is not lost...Harley makes a trike.

Godspeed, Mr. Peppers.

July 18, 2011 at 7 a.m.
chatttn said...

ajlow - many prayers headed to yours & your Uncle's way.

July 18, 2011 at 8:28 a.m.
tderng said...

may God be With Mr Peppers and his family...It is a great thing to travel on a bike!I have done so for many,many years and brings me peace and relaxation when I am upset about something.There is nothing better than the feel of the open road and a growling bike between your knees!

July 18, 2011 at 9:18 a.m.
ChattaVol06 said...

Was his Harley a burnt orange color? Reason I ask is that I saw a man about the same age getting on a burnt orange Harley at the Soddy Daisy Taco Bell just before 8 pm entering the southbound lane for Hwy 27. thoughts and prayers go out to his family and hope for a speedy recovery.

July 18, 2011 at 9:35 a.m.
McRand said...

Oh, I get it cbtole. You saw a biker now and then drive recklessly, so now in your head, they all fit the pattern.

Not hard to feel sorry for your kind.

July 18, 2011 at 2:10 p.m.
Rivieravol said...

Well how does an experience biker lose control on basically an Interstate Highway in good weather? Sounds like to me either alcohol and/or speed was involved. Fortunately no one else was injured.

July 18, 2011 at 3:52 p.m.
LibDem said...

"Sounds like to me either alcohol and/or speed was involved." I didn't see that in the report. My son was run off the road on his bike by a truck changing lanes without signalling.

July 18, 2011 at 4:02 p.m.
rolando said...

TV reported it happened near the MLK exit. "S" curves thereabouts...and PickUp/SUV drivers love to straighten out those curves and damn those in the lanes beside them.

July 18, 2011 at 4:08 p.m.
AJLow said...

he was past the curves and in a place where, in exactly the same place, two other bikers slammed into the gaurd rail. 1 was killed and 1 wasnt. they are trying to figure out what hapened and are condidering that in that spot the road is so bad that it causes small motor vehicles to veir off course and slam into the guard rail. And thank you everyone for your support.

July 19, 2011 at 8:28 p.m.
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