Avalon Police issue statement on Paul Holmgren's bicycle accident

Paul Holmgren is "in good spirits" this Tuesday afternoon at Cooper University Hospital in Camden as he recovers from a bicycle accident that occurred in Avalon, N.J. on Labor Day. It's an accident we're slowly learning more about thanks to a press statement released by Avalon Police today.

Here's that statement in full:

AVALON POLICE STATEMENT ON BICYCLE ACCIDENT

(Avalon, NJ) — Avalon Police were called to the scene of a bicycle accident on Monday, September 5th, 2011 at 11:28am. A man identified as 55 year old Paul Holmgren of Somerdale, New Jersey was riding his bicycle northbound on Dune Drive at 58th Street when he lost his balance and fell from the bicycle. No other vehicles, bicycles, or pedestrians were involved in the accident.

Mr. Holmgren suffered a cut to the right side of his head and a shin abrasion, and was transported to Cape Regional Medical Center in Cape May Court House, New Jersey by the Avalon Rescue Squad. He was conscious and alert at the time of the accident and told police that he lost his balance while on his bicycle. Mr. Holmgren was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

Avalon Patrolman Samuel Hoffman was the responding officer.

We speculated Monday night about the fact that Holmgren was transported to Cooper Hospital in Camden, worrying that it was perhaps because Cooper is home to South Jersey's only Level 1 Trauma Center and that Holmgren's injuries could have potentially required such a move.

While we don't know the exact circumstances surrounding his transport to Cooper, the news that he wasn't flown there immediately and was initially admitted to Cape Regional in CMCH is likely good news. It's always possible that, as a Camden County resident, his own doctors are based at Cooper and he simply wanted to be there instead. That's the rosier picture, at least. 

In any event, Holmgren seems to be doing well this afternoon, although he's still hospitalized. 

File: Statement From Avalon Police (.doc)

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