karl moritz

‘TBI & My Longest Ride’ film tells story of recovery following Portlander’s horrific crash

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on December 16th, 2020 at 11:10 am

Poster for the documentary about Karl Moritz.

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How Karl Moritz uses bikes to recover from a traumatic brain injury

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Karl Moritz and his custom build.
(Photo: Jessie Kwak)

The last time we checked in on Karl Moritz he was back on the bike and had tackled his first century ride. Our new writer Jessie Kwak sat down with him last week to learn about the latest ways he’s using cycling to recover from his traumatic brain injury. – Jonathan

Many BikePortland readers may remember Karl Moritz’s story, after a crash in Ladd Circle in June of 2010 left him in a coma for three weeks.
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Guest Article: Karl Moritz on the thrill of a century

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 20th, 2012 at 9:57 am

Karl Moritz is back on the bike.
(Photos courtesy Karl Moritz)

[Back in June 2010, southeast Portland resident Karl Moritz was involved in a horrific crash while biking on SE Ladd Ave that left him in a coma for three weeks. We’ve shared his recovery since then and posted an update — in his own words — in May of last year.

Yesterday I heard from Karl again. The man has refused to give up. Not only is he back on the bike, but he completed the recent Portland Century — riding over 100 miles in over eight hours on the saddle! Read how his recovery has progressed in the update below.]
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Guest Article: Karl Moritz tells his story; from crash to recovery

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on May 31st, 2011 at 11:33 am

Publisher’s note: Back in July 2010, southeast Portland resident Karl Moritz suffered a harrowing crash while riding through Ladd’s Addition. It remains unclear what happened in the seconds before Karl collided head-on with a car traveling in the opposition direction; but what is clear is that the crash changed his life forever. Karl sustained many severe injuries and was in a coma for three weeks.

Many people have written to us wondering what happened to Karl. We’ve kept in touch with his wife Staci, who tells us that his recovery is, “coming along well.” “The support we felt from the biking community last summer was truly amazing,” she wrote via email a few days ago. Staci also wanted to share Karl’s story, written by Karl himself. “Writing the update for your blog was important to his recovery, emotionally and psychologically,” Staci wrote us, “He worked really hard on it.”

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Update on Karl Moritz: Making progress, but many unknowns

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 13th, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Several readers have emailed and posted in the Forums wondering how Karl Moritz is doing. Karl is the man who crashed his bike near Ladds Circle back in June. When he collided with a car traveling in the opposite direction, the impact resulted in a serious brain injury that left him in a coma. [Read more…]

Update on Karl Moritz: Family prepares for future, asks for support

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on July 12th, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Karl Moritz
(Photo courtesy Moritz Family)

It’s been just over two weeks since a crash on SE Ladd Avenue sent Portland resident Karl Moritz to the hospital with multiple fractures and a serious brain injury. Days later he clung to life in a coma as his family tried to piece together what might have happened and realized that their lives would likely never be the same.[Read more…]

Karl Moritz clings to life following crash on SE Ladd

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on July 2nd, 2010 at 10:36 am

Karl Moritz, seen here with his three sons, is in a coma at OHSU hospital following a crash Tuesday night.
(Photos: Moritz family)

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Serious injury crash near Ladds Circle (photos) – Updated

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on June 29th, 2010 at 5:37 pm

There was a serious injury crash just north of Ladds Circle yesterday during the evening commute. At about 5:15, I started getting reports from witnesses about someone on a bike that was being tended to by emergency medical personnel. Here are photos taken at the scene by reader Robby Russell:[Read more…]