2018-07-05 / Front Page

Flushing motorcycle racer hospitalized after near fatal crash at Indiana racetrack

By Ben Gagnon
810-452-2661 *bgagnon@mihomepaper.com

TERRE HAUTE, IND. — Professional motorcycle racer Parker Norris is recovering after sustaining critical injuries in a crash at a western Indiana dirt track two weeks ago.

Norris, a 2017 graduate of Flushing High School, was racing at the Terre Haute Action Track on June 23 when his cycle collided with another bike.

According to family members, Norris sustained broken ribs, collapsed lungs, a broken collarbone and multiple fractures. He was initially transported to Terre Haute Regional Hospital but was later airlifted to IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

Norris was listed in critical condition and placed into a medically induced coma. He underwent surgery last Tuesday morning. Details on the surgery and his current condition have not been released.

Immediately after the crash, a GoFundMe page was created on behalf of the Norris family to pay for Parker’s medical expenses. So far, the page has already raised over $8,000 of its $10,000 goal.

Parker’s mother, Cheri Zwerican-Norris, has expressed gratitude via social media for the outpouring of support her family has received. She’s encouraging prayers and donations for her son as his recovery process continues.

Norris, 19, turned professional on the flat track circuit in 2016. Since then, he’s raced in the AMA All-Star National Flat Track Series for sponsors Digitrace and Babbit’s Online. He claimed his first win at the AFT Singles Main at last year’s Lima Half-Mile race in Lima, Ohio.

Norris was in second place on the final lap of the race in Terre Haute when the crash occurred.

To donate to the Norris family, visit www.gofundme.com/pray-for-parker-norris-amp-family or the Parker Norris Medical Expense Fund at http://www.amaft79.com/parker-norris-fund. html.

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