Photo: Oregon legislator back on the bike after shooting incident

Posted by on September 15th, 2008 at 4:41 pm

Oregon state legislator Jason Atkinson (R-Central Point) sent out an email update to friends and supporters last week. It was regarding a freak incident eight weeks ago that left his right leg/kneecap in shambles due to a gunshot wound.

He’s undergone major surgery and the former bike racer (and supporter of several bike-friendly bills last legislative session) is just now looking down the road to recovery. Check out the photo and the email below:

To All-

I’ve been helping a buddy prep for a race in the morning: The (Jean Chinn Memorial) Mt. Ashland Hill Climb from Lithia Park to Mt. Ashland, originally named after another friend who died tragically-Jean Chinn. For years Jean was one of the most competitive women cyclists in Oregon and Northern California.

Tonight I worked on his Cervelo in the same place my life changed 8 weeks ago. At the end, I just had to throw my leg over and make sure “it still felt right.”

It does, it did, and it will-

Hopefully Jason will be out riding again by next spring. Either way, it’s good to see him back on the bike!

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Good to hear you\’re feeling better!

Take Care of Yourself!
All The Best!
K\’Tesh

Steven J
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Glad Your Feeling better Jason.

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have a speedy recovery Jason – and hang in there! Good to see you on a bike again.

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Everything will be great now if he just changes that (R) to a (D).

jami
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glad he\’s okay, and what bork said. this should at least change his republican idea that any idiot who wants one should have a loaded gun anywhere they want one.

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Glad to hear he is doing better. When I heard bullet to the knee I thought he wouldn\’t be able to walk on 2 legs again. Maybe his friend will consider purchasing a better firearm than a Derringer. Maybe a S&W or Walther.