On August 16th 2013, Richard was the victim of a tragic motorcycle
crash & hit and run in Oakland, Ca. While riding his motorcycle home
from work that Friday afternoon he was cut off by a passing
motorist. Rich did nothing other than point at his own head as he
later passed the driver further down the road as a sign to use your
head and watch for motorcycles. This small gesture enraged the
driver of the car and he immediately started trying to run him off
the road numerous times.
Rich, only wanting to get home
to his family after a long week of work, simply sped off and away
from the irrational driver. After riding a few miles and no longer
seeing him, Rich thought he was safe and far enough away that he
relaxed and went back to a normal pace. Moments later Rich looked
into his mirror and last thing he saw was the car coming straight at
his rear wheel doing what he believes to be at least 30 miles an
hour faster than he was traveling, as he was doing the speed limit.
The driver purposely rear ended
him on his motorcycle and then sped away. He is currently being
charged with attempted murder along with other felony charges and is
being held at Santa Rita Jail in Alameda County.
Richard suffered tremendous
injuries and is paralyzed from just above the waist. His spinal cord
was severely damaged. He has many broken vertebrae & ribs along with
lots of road rash. He is recovering in the hospital and is currently
out of the ICU ward. Next he will be transferred to a spinal
recovery therapy center where he will have a lot of work ahead of
him. The surgeons and doctors who performed his surgery have stated
he will never walk again as the spinal injury was so severe.
Rich was the sole provider for
his family of 5 including his 3 children, 2 of whom are in college
with his youngest a sophomore in High School. Words can not describe
the pain and uncertainty the family is feeling right now. There will
be some very difficult times ahead for the Fletcher family and any
financial help that can be provided will really help as both Rich
and his wife Laura will both be away from work for an extended time.
Please help a great father, husband and friend in his time of need!
Thank you from the Fletcher