Charges likely in accident
caused by fallen mattress
Authorities have identified the driver responsible for a tragic accident that injured a motorcyclist Thursday night in St. Paul.
Steve Konrad, 46, crashed his motorcycle after swerving to miss a mattress that fell from the top of an SUV on Interstate 94 at Western Avenue. Konrad was transported by paramedics to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, where he remains in critical condition. Friends say he suffered severe brain trauma, as well as a broken wrist, hand and collarbone.
Konrad had just left his job as programming director at AM 1500, a Hubbard Broadcasting radio station, and was heading home to Woodbury. Another motorist managed to avoid the mattress before the accident. The accident was captured by traffic management cameras.
Konrad's helmet may have saved his life.
"He was vigilant about wearing a helmet," said co-worker Brad Lane.
Oh dear. One reason I doubt I'll ever ride a motorcycle.
What's scary is if you drive on I 20 on a weekend you will often have to manuever around something in the road that fell off someone's truck or trailer. I'm sort of surprised this doesn't happen more often.
steve was the best "good guy" of the revolving door of program directors we had before i left...
here's the latest update on him:
By David Brauer | Published Fri, Mar 19 2010 11:10 am
As most of the local media world knows by now, AM1500 program director Steve Konrad was critically injured in a ludicrously unlikely motorcycle crash Thursday evening. A mattress slid off a truck on I-94, and a car ahead of Konrad's bike swerved to miss it, but Steve wasn't so lucky.
The question all of his friends have this morning is, will Steve make it? I just got off the phone with Hubbard Broadcasting exec Dan Seeman, who repeatedly used the word "hopeful."
Here are the details: Steve's biggest threat is bleeding on the brain. (He also broke a wrist, hand and collarbone.) Seeman says doctors measure brain trauma on a scale, and when you get up to 20, it's "concerning." Steve's at a 4, and the pressure on his brain is not increasing. Thank God he was wearing a helmet.
Seeman adds that although Steve is heavily sedated, when the Region's Hospital doctors cut back on pain meds to assess his condition, he was able to feel pain. That's actually a good sign.
Steve is a former colleague of mine, and was one of the most supportive bosses I ever had. Seeman says there's not much the rest of us can do to help at this point, but knowing Steve, I'm sure he would welcome prayers and positive thoughts.
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