K-State Nation Rallies Around Victims Injured After Fiesta Bowl

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- What was supposed to be a fun trip to cheer on their team in the Fiesta Bowl ended up being a horrific ordeal for two Kansas State University fans.

Michael Tysver, 21, and Cody Clark, 21, longtime friends from Great Bend, were riding in a pedicab, a cycle rickshaw, in Scottsdale after the bowl game early Friday morning when the pedicab was hit from behind by a Ford sedan.

Cody Clark’s family members spoke to us about the dangerous collision from a Phoenix hospital where they remain by his bedside.

The driver of the car was going about 40 and the pedicab was merging into the left lane to turn. It hadn't turned yet and a passenger in the car noticed the pedicab and took the wheel and swerved it to the side so because of that Mike went through the windshield and Cody hit the A-bar which is the frame of the windshield so that’s where his massive blow to the head came from," explained Clark's sister, Ashley Canton.

The duo had been celebrating Tysver's 21st birthday after the game and decided to take the pedicab home- what they thought was the safest decision.

"It is awful that they took the smart decision to take a safe ride home to have the safety for themselves and for others and someone else selfishly got behind the wheel. That's something we're trying not to think about but eventually we're going to have to deal with that too. We're just trying to focus on Cody and Mike getting better and their recovery but it is sad that someone took that decision in their hands and now our lives have been uprooted because of that," Canton told WIBW.

The driver of the car was not injured but was arrested for DUI. Other passengers in the car were not injured. The pedicab driver was taken to the hospital with injuries but his injuries were not life-threatening.

Tysver is in stable condition after spinal fusion surgery at a Scottsdale hospital while Clark remains in critical condition in Phoenix. His sister says he’s not out of the woods yet and cannot be moved. His doctors expect him to be in the hospital for at least six months. He had surgery to relieve some of the pressure on his brain and has yet to wake up.

News of the accident hit hard back home in Kansas and members of the K-State nation are doing what they can to help the victims and their families.

Johnny Kaw’s Sports Bar in Aggieville, where Cody Clark’s sister Ashley works, is hosting a charity event Wednesday night in their honor.

All of the bar's profits and employees' tips will be donated.

"We were overwhelmed by all of the support Ashley has been getting on Twitter and Facebook by friends and family and a bunch of people that she didn’t even know from the K-State nation and surrounding areas so we here at Johnny Kaw’s wanted to do something for people that know her and about the situation and hopefully get them to donate in their time of need," said Natalie Wells, a staff member at Johnny Kaw's.

"We’re hoping that we can get donations that will help benefit them, hopefully make it less of a stress during this hard time. Both victims- obviously it came as a shock and if we can help out and buy a couple of meals for them or help make a couple of mortgage payments, whatever we can do, we want to help," she added.

"Everyone has gone above and beyond anything we could have ever asked for. I know the boys appreciate it and the families do too. It’s definitely put our hearts a little at ease knowing that there are so many people out there who car about Mike and Cody. It’s been incredible. There’s no words to explain how thankful we are for everything that everyone is doing for us. It’s really great," Ashley Canton added.

The fundraiser at Johnny Kaw's will go from 9 PM- 2 AM Wednesday, January 9, 2013.
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If you are unable to attend the event, you can make donations by going to www.CodyClarkFamilyFund.com

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