Vigil held for motorcyclist McKinney who collided with a truck driven by Mayor Prosper – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth


Family and friends of a motorcyclist seriously injured in a crash in McKinney last week gathered on Wednesday to pray for his recovery.

Rodney Carver, 72, known to his friends as “Pops,” suffered multiple fractures and brain hemorrhages, according to his wife Barbara Carver.

He was taken to Baylor Medical Center in McKinney.

“He’s doing a lot better tonight,” she told the crowd gathered around a Christmas tree outside the hospital on Wednesday.

The group included Christian Riders United, which Rodney Carver co-founded. The organization is made up of denominational motorcycle clubs.

Carver is a husband, father, grandfather and friends say he fears God.

“He will be the first to tell you about Jesus,” said Mike Blackburn, a friend and follower rider who is president of the Trinity section of The Preisthood, a motorcycle ministry.

McKinney Police said last Monday that Carver collided with a pickup truck on Highway 380 in McKinney.

The driven truck was driven by Prosper Mayor Ray Smith, who police said applied his brakes to avoid hitting a passing car.

Police determined that the driver of the car that pulled up in front of Smith was “responsible.”

“I’ve been praying for him since that night,” Smith said.

Smith insists he was unaware that someone had been injured and left the scene to chase a car he thought had hit him.

A grand jury will decide whether Smith faces a charge for leaving the scene.

Meanwhile, Carver remains hospitalized.

During Wednesday’s prayer vigil, Barbara Carver said her husband was making progress.

“He’s going to beat that and he’s going to come back to us. He shakes his hand for the nurse, ”she said.

She says her focus, right now, is her husband, but questions the mayor’s account of what happened.

“I don’t believe it,” said Barbara Carver.

His attorney, Brian Mincher, said he went door-to-door near the crash on Wednesday looking for clues, videos and witnesses.

“It’s incredibly hard to believe that his account of what happened could be accurate. It stretches gullibility, to say the least, ”Mincher said.

The answers, they hope, will come in time.

Right now, they’re saying that what we need the most are prayers.


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