Jordan Rapp, the reigning Ironman Canada and Ironman Arizona champion, is recovering in hospital after being seriously injured by a hit and run driver Tuesday at 5:40 pm.
Rapp, on one of his final workouts before Ironman 70.3 California (Saturday March 27), was riding in the Camarillo, California area (north on Lewis Road near University Drive) when a driver made a left turn from Old Lewis Road directly in front of him. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported that Rapp was thrown to the ground after he hit the left side of the vehicle and shattered a window. The end result was a loss of 2-3 litres of blood, many cuts and bruises around his head and neck, along with broken bones and fractures, including his scapula and clavicle.
Since the driver did not stick around, the CHP is appealing to the public for witnesses. The suspect’s vehicle should have a broken left window, and possible damage to the left side. Anyone with information can call Lt. Casey Cronin at 477-4100.
Rapp’s wife, Jill Savage, provides this update.
“Rappstar (Jordan’s nickname) is on the mend, still sedated, but communicating via nods and squeezes, prognosis is good for a full recovery. Lots of injuries,” said the 2004 Canadian Olympic triathlete on twitter. “On a lighter note; to communicate we play the ABC game, in order to spell out words; and one of the words he spelled out to me was CAMERA!”
By the way, his first few words were “what happened?” and then “helmet”. So like any true Tri Geek, he was inquiring about the condition of his aero helmet.
We at Triathlon Magazine Canada wish Jordan a speedy recovery.