Veterinarian returns to work after serious accident

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From the La Cañada Valley Sun

Veterinarian Steve Sallen, founder of the Rosemont Pet Hospital in La Crescenta, has spent nearly three decades caring for animals in the Crescenta-Cañada community. After a recent motorcycle accident, however, it was his turn to be cared for.

On July 11, Sallen and his son Dustin, then 13, set out from the family’s vacation house in Gunnison, Colo. on Honda dirt bikes for a routine day of riding.

Steve’s bike was a recent purchase, and he had yet to adjust the frame to fit his height and build. He was struggling to keep his balance at sharp turns, but successfully ascended and descended a steep trail frequented by dirt bikers.

Back on a flat dirt road, Steve and Dustin were riding smoothly at approximately 35 mph. As Steve rounded a bend, however, he was thrown from his bike.

“The last thing I can remember, I am looking over the handlebars at this flat dirt road and the next thing I knew I was waking up in a ditch in extreme pain with breathing difficulty,” Steve said. “I tried to stand up and it hurt way too much, so I just laid down in the ditch. I never saw my bike again.”

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Written by Megan O'Neil

November 10, 2009 at 5:52 pm

Posted in Foothills

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