[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

SCVNews.com | Cycling Advocate Injured in Head-on Crash with Car | 12-24-2012
Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Sunny
Sunny
70°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
August 2
1935 - Newhall deputy Archie Carter sentenced to 1 year in jail for contributing to the delinquency of a minor after his wife fatally shot his 20-year-old mistress (the age of majority was 21). [story]


Remainder of amputated leg re-broken
| Monday, Dec 24, 2012
korenthal122412

Kevin D. Korenthal recovers following surgery at Henry Mayo Hospital.

Local cycling advocate and political activist Kevin D. Korenthal was recovering Monday at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital in Valencia after sustaining major injuries in a head-on collision Saturday on Sand Canyon Road.

Korenthal was riding his mountain bike at about 10:30 a.m. when a 16-year-old boy in a Honda Civic turned onto Sand Canyon from Bear Divide and struck Korenthal, who catapulted over the car and landed on his head in the dirt.

The collision broke two vertebrae in his neck and one in his back but there does not appear to be any spinal cord injury, his wife Christine said.

Kevin Korenthal was in relatively good spirits when reached by phone Monday despite the broken neck and numbness in an arm and fingers.

“I’m just trying to keep a catalog of all the new changes to my body,” he said.

In 2004, Korenthal had his left leg partially amputated following a crash that occurred when he was driving a car at age 19. He’s now 40.

Saturday’s crash broke the remainder of his left leg and bent the steel rod inside it.

The steel rod in Korenthal's amputated leg is bent at a nearly 45-degree angle following Saturday's crash.

The steel rod in Korenthal’s amputated leg is bent at a nearly 45-degree angle following Saturday’s crash.

The crash also broke his right leg as well as his scapula (shoulder blade), right wrist, right tibia, right fibula and three ribs, Christine Korenthal said.

“Judging by his helmet, he landed on his head,” she said, explaining that gravel was embedded in the helmet.

kevinkorenthal_1212

Korenthal on a better day.

She said the young driver was traveling at 40 mph to 45 mph when he collided with her husband.

“I’ve got a new steel rod in my remainder leg and a first-time-ever rod in my full leg,” Kevin Korenthal said. “I’ve got a reduction of use of my left arm, and on my right hand, I can’t feel my fingers. With the addition of the broken neck, I’ve got some issues to overcome.”

Korenthal said he expects to be in the hospital about two more days.

Asked whether he’s going to get right back on a bike, he said, “Absolutely.”

As soon as he gets a new one.

Korenthal is owner of the local public relations firm KORE Communications. He started the Facebook group, SCV Trail Users, which advocates the opening of hiking trails to mountain bikes.

He also served on the Newhall Redevelopment Committee, ran for the Castaic Lake Water Agency board in 2010 and writes an opinion column that is published on SCVNews.com.

 

 

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

1 Comment

  1. Kevin is a good friend and a great activist. If anyone can pull thru such injuries it’s him. And when he hops back on that bike for the first time after he’s able to, I look forward to taking a ride with him!

SCV NewsBreak
Loading...
Related Content
LOCAL NEWS HEADLINES
Saturday, Aug 1, 2015
2 Killed in Crash at Rowher Flats; 3rd Clinging to Life
Two people are dead and a third person remains in critical condition after fatal off-road crash Friday night near the Rowher Flats OHV Park in Agua Dulce.
Saturday, Aug 1, 2015
Pentagon Officials Observe Counter-Drone Demo in Ventura County
Black Dart 2015, which began July 26 and runs to Aug. 7 at Naval Base Ventura County, is DoD's largest live-fly, live-fire joint counter-UAS technology demonstration.
Saturday, Aug 1, 2015
CDC: Many Teens Still Not Getting HPV Vaccine; Risk Cancer
Despite slight increases, 4 out of 10 adolescent girls and 6 out of 10 adolescent boys have not started the recommended HPV vaccine series, leaving them vulnerable to cancers caused by HPV infections.

Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
Not only can squirrels carry the plague, but they can carry rabies and Hantavirus. too. That’s right: In our very own Angeles National Forest, there are almost always summer indications of the Black Death. Some counties in California have Hantavirus. And you can find rabies everywhere. A teen in Colorado just died from the Black Plague last month. His doctor sent him home thinking it was a case of the flu.
Keep Them Wild | Commentary by Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel
1935 - Newhall deputy Archie Carter sentenced to 1 year in jail for contributing to the delinquency of a minor after his wife fatally shot his 20-year-old mistress (the age of majority was 21). [story]
The following streets in Canyon Country will be affected during the week of Aug. 3, 2015, for the Santa Clarita Annual Slurry Seal & Overlay Project.
Canyon Country: See If Your Street is Set for Slurry Seal
Home gardeners enjoy the robust flavors and enhanced nutrition of homegrown vegetables and fruits, but tending a garden can be back-breaking work. Raised-bed gardening is not only easier on the back, but it can also increase a garden’s productivity, extend the growing season and help keep pests at bay.
Aug. 29: CSUN Offers Free Class in Raised-Bed Gardening
Religion and the environment come together Aug. 15 with an interfaith outreach event called “Take Me To The River: Caring for Creation Starts at Home.”
Aug. 15: Interfaith Event to Focus on Santa Clara River
The A List Hair & Makeup Studio in Newhall is hosting an event featuring martinis and makeovers for the Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita on Aug. 7 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Aug. 7: Martinis & Makeovers for Domestic Violence Center
Two people are dead and a third person remains in critical condition after fatal off-road crash Friday night near the Rowher Flats OHV Park in Agua Dulce.
2 Killed in Crash at Rowher Flats; 3rd Clinging to Life
Black Dart 2015, which began July 26 and runs to Aug. 7 at Naval Base Ventura County, is DoD's largest live-fly, live-fire joint counter-UAS technology demonstration.
Pentagon Officials Observe Counter-Drone Demo in Ventura County
Despite slight increases, 4 out of 10 adolescent girls and 6 out of 10 adolescent boys have not started the recommended HPV vaccine series, leaving them vulnerable to cancers caused by HPV infections.
CDC: Many Teens Still Not Getting HPV Vaccine; Risk Cancer
1963 - Leona Cox Community School breaks ground in Canyon Country [story]
The residency restrictions in Jessica’s Law provide important protection and peace of mind for California’s families. Unfortunately, the California Supreme Court decision does not provide county governments with the ability to protect those voter approved residency restrictions. SB 54 would have provided clarity, but it was recently killed on a party-line vote.
Dems Kill Safety Bill
Temperatures are rising and Honda wants to help you cool down with some free ice cream in honor of National Ice Cream Month on Sunday.
Free Ice Cream Coming to Santa Clarita Sunday
The city of Santa Clarita’s Oversight Board members are expected to review the proposed Laemmle Theater project as well as the apartment units and parking structure projects in Old Town Newhall next week.
City to Review Laemmle Theater Project
In an ongoing effort by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s to combat Human Trafficking, an internet “sex buyer” sting was conducted Thursday in the unincorporated area of Santa Clarita.
Sheriff Conducts Johns Sting in County-SCV
Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, Los Angeles County Sheriff's officials and Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station teamed up to take down internet sex buyers. Plus, if you have electronics and hazardous waste you need to get rid of there is an e-waste disposal event happening tomorrow. Click the link to find out all the details and see more of today's top headlines on tonight's edition of SCV NewsBreak.
SCV NewsBreak for Friday, July 31, 2015
Detectives have found and arrested the man suspected of robbing a Canyon Country store at gunpoint earlier this month.
Man Wanted for Armed Robberies Found
Mayor Michael D. Antonovich and the Board of Supervisors will honor legendary rock n’ roll icon, Art Laboe by proclaiming “Art Laboe Day” in Los Angeles County on the occasion of his 90th birthday.
Supervisors to Honor Rockin’ Radio Host on 90th Birthday
On Monday, July 27, at the Samuel Dixon Family Health Center, Inc. Annual Meeting held at the Elks Lodge in Canyon Country, Mr. Dave Perry, Assistant Field Deputy for Supervisor Michael Antonovich, conducted the installation of the board members to a new term.
Samuel Dixon Board Members Commit to Continued Service
Providence Health and Services and St. Joseph Health System today announced a merger that would create a single healthcare provider.
Providence Health to Merge with St. Joseph System
The California Department of Transportation will begin a pavement rehabilitation project on US 101 from the US 101 and SR-110 interchange to Pilgrimage Bridge in Hollywood, Friday July 31.
Caltrans Will Begin Pavement Rehab on US 101 and SR 110 Friday
Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder and County Clerk Dean C. Logan will join Secretary of State Alex Padilla and Los Angeles County Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas, Hilda Solis and Sheila Kuehl to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act on Thursday, August 6.
County to Mark 50th Anniversary of 1965 Voting Rights Act
Today is the last day to purchase BASH tickets at the advance price.
Last Chance to Buy VIA Bash Tix at Advance Price
Santa Clarita residents are encouraged to bring unwanted hazardous household and electronic waste to the local Household Hazardous Waste and E-Waste Roundup on Saturday, August 1.
Bring Hazardous, E-Waste to Princessa Station Saturday