The Story

On Wednesday, May 31st 2006, Doug was struck in a hit and run accident while riding his bicycle along Lancaster Ave near 55th Street just after 7pm. Doug has been a serious commuting, recreational, and competitive cyclist for many years, and many of the cyclists reading this have probably seen him out on many BCP, race training, and city rides, often with his family. He broke several bones and was in a coma for 14 days after the accident, but has since recovered (completely? one shall never know).

This blog was originally set up to update Doug’s large group of friends, family, and acquaintances on his condition while in both of his hospital stays. Now, Doug updates others (and himself) with posts here.

If you have never been to this site and want to read about how/why the site was started, you can click on June 5th, 2006 to catch up. At the very bottom of each page, you can follow the ‘previous posts’ or ‘next posts’ links to keep going.

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11 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Karen Prior  |  Tuesday, June 6, 2006 at 9:18 pm

    If there was any way I could be down in Philly to support Doug, believe me I would be there…My thoughts and prayers are with Doug and the Markgrafs. If there is anything I can do (which i know isn’t very likely as I live in New York) please, please let me know.

  • 2. Shannon Farley  |  Tuesday, June 6, 2006 at 11:12 pm

    I love you Doug and i’m here for you. Whatever you need when you wake up (I know you don’t like asking for help and all) but seriously I’m here. You need to get up soon we all “miss you more than Michael Bane missed the mark when he made Pearl Harbor”… I still need to give you the songs from Team America!!! and I still need to get Lori’s red scarf back from you and I still need to hang out with everyone at your house and have mondo oober great times!!! We love you kid! Get better damn it!

  • 3. Angie  |  Wednesday, June 7, 2006 at 3:24 pm

    Ever since Doug’s accident I find myself praying. I have not done this for years. My love, compassion, and prayers go out to you Doug and the rest of the Markgraf family. You are a strong amazing person. and I can’t wait to give you a HUGE HUG! much love and peace~Ang

  • 4. Linda Berman  |  Wednesday, June 7, 2006 at 6:36 pm

    Everyone at UHS is praying and thinking about Doug. We know that he will come through this. We all wish Doug a speedy recovery and much love. Love Linda B.

  • 5. Steve  |  Thursday, June 8, 2006 at 1:50 am

    Hey….I don’t know Doug but in Sept. 2005 I was on my bike and hit by an SUV. The results were minimal compared to this situation but I can empathize to a certain degree and will keep watching this from afar. The healing capacity of the human body is amazing when given the chance. Best of luck.

  • 6. Rich Kressly  |  Friday, June 9, 2006 at 9:30 am

    From FIRST Robotics Team 1712 at Lower Merion HS, we send along our prayers and best wishes for a strong recovery. As Mr. O posted, we can’t wait to hear you announcing at Ramp Riot again, Doug.

  • 7. Andrés Becerra  |  Thursday, July 6, 2006 at 11:14 pm

    OH CRAP… I had no idea about this. My sister Jess just told me. I’ll keep you in my thoughts and prayers Doug!!!!

  • 8. Elizabeth Becerra  |  Friday, July 7, 2006 at 3:12 am

    I just heard about the story. My older sister Jessica told me about it and sent me to this website. I just want to let Doug know that he’s in my thoughts and prayers. Keep pushing, b/c from what I’ve read… you’re improving a lot:-)

  • 9. Aubrie Foster  |  Friday, July 7, 2006 at 11:34 am

    We all hope that you are doing well and continue to get bettter! You are in our prayers!

  • 10. Micki Beasley  |  Friday, July 7, 2006 at 12:52 pm

    Doug!!! I had no idea!! I hope you’re progressing along. Never give up, but knowing your determination from learning guitar, I’m sure that is carrying through with your rehab! Hang in there. You have a lot of family and friends for a support team. Take care Doug!
    Dan and Jen, my heart goes out to you!

    With love to the entire family,
    Micki Beasley

  • 11. Mike Hassell  |  Tuesday, July 11, 2006 at 10:04 pm

    Doug, Doug, Doug….Man it was so great to see you when I was home for a few days. I’m suprised and happy and relieved that your recovery has been so speedy…I know you said that your brain is working on overload and i know in my heart that that will supside…im here for you man anytime you need anything…feel free to call me at anyhour (for real, ANY HOUR) 415.570.3299, also my love goes out to Aunt Jen, Uncle Dan, Brandon, Evan, and Zach…but most of all, stay pumped, excited, and positive, things will get better I promise


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