Pittsfield man recovering from severe injuries after bike crash in Lenox


LENOX — A Pittsfield man is recovering at a Worcester hospital after a motorcycle accident on Saturday left him severely injured and unable to walk.

Luke Godfrey, 26, has undergone surgery and treatment for injuries to his lungs, spinal cord, ribs and back, his family said from the hospital Thursday.

"He's in good spirits and staying positive. I don't think he fully understands the severity," said his mother, Cathy Godfrey. "We're being very positive. His life will be different, but he's very thankful he's alive."

Godfrey was coming home from a Lenox restaurant with a friend just before 6 p.m. when he lost control of his bike on Lenox Road and skidded into a Department of Public Works sign, according to Lenox Police Chief Stephen O'Brien. He was taken by an ambulance with a life support unit to Berkshire Medical Center. His friend was on his own bike, which did not crash.

He was later transported to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, and then to UMass Memorial Medical Center, where he remains, his mother said.

The injuries are severe, but the family is hoping that he will be able to return to an independent life.

"Preparing for the worst, hoping for the best," said his father, Bernard Godfrey. "Basically we're holding on to hope. That's kind of where we're at with him, as well. He knows he can't feel his legs; he knows he can't move his legs, but he's looking forward to rehab."

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Bernard Godfrey is the director of radiology at St. Peter's Health Partners in New York's Capital District, and hopes his son will be transferred to one of the partner facilities, Sunnyvale Rehabilitation Hospital in Schenectady, N.Y., for further treatment.

Luke Godfrey was planning to buy a home from his uncle on Orlando Avenue in Pittsfield this week.

"We're going to try and make it as a handicap-accessible as possible," his mother said. "It's all on one floor, so we can widen the doors and add a ramp, do whatever we have to do to make him as independent as possible."

To ease the burden of the growing costs, Godfrey's friends have already began organizing fundraisers in his honor.

In the last three days, a GoFundMe campaign, "Love For Luke," which was organized by his best friend, Jake Gaylord, has raised nearly $35,000 of a $50,000 goal.

"He's a very strong-willed kid; obviously very well-liked by a lot of people," his father said. "Obviously, I'm his father and I'm kind of biased. I can tell you, if anyone's going to pull something out of his hat, it's going to be Luke."

Haven Orecchio-Egresitz can be reached at horecchio@berkshireeagle.com, @HavenEagle on Twitter and 413-770-6977.


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