A little over a month ago, Robert Wickens was involved in a frightening accident in the ABC Supply 500 at the Pocono Raceway. The Aug. 19 crash was a horrific as it gets. Luckily, it didn’t cost the Canadian his life but it was one that injured him badly.
Earlier this month, his family updated everyone on his condition. The listed all of his injuries that he suffered. They were, a thoracic spinal fracture, spinal cord injury, neck fracture, tibia and fibula fractures to both legs, fractures in both hands, fractured right forearm, fractured elbow, four fractured ribs and a pulmonary contusion.
That’s a long list of injuries to recover from. Even then, they didn’t know the extent of his spinal injuries. Would he suffer from paralysis? Would he be able to even walk again? Racing again wasn’t even on the forefront. His overall health was.
Prior to last Sunday’s IndyCar Series season finale in Sonoma, Wickens released a video statement on his social media. It was the first time since the accident that we’ve been able to hear his voice. On Friday, he posted a video of him going through rehab where it appears that he has full range of motion in his extremities ending any discussion on paralysis. He’s clearly seen moving his arms and legs.
That’s great news for a great young driver. It’s way too early to determine if he’ll get behind the wheel of a race car again, but these are signs in the right direction.
Just a few words from Rehab, also good-luck to everyone in Sonoma this weekend! pic.twitter.com/7TD7pHnp4N
— Robert Wickens (@robertwickens) September 16, 2018
— Robert Wickens (@robertwickens) September 21, 2018