- Jan 22, 2006
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Roethlisberger in 'Serious But Stable' Condition
PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is in "serious, but stable condition" at Mercy Hospital after a motorcycle accident this morning.
According to Dr. Larry Jones, the head of trauma at Mercy, Roethlisberger is in the operating room undergoing surgery for his injuries.
In a brief statement, Dr. Jones told reporters Roethlisberger was coherent and talking with doctors before he was taken into the operating room.
Eyewitnesses tell KDKA that Roethlisberger had a green light and was headed eastbound on Second Avenue when a car turned into his path near the 10th Street Bridge around 11:30am.
According to witnesses, Roethlisberger was not wearing a helmet and appeared to have head and facial injuries.
The witness tells KDKA he said his name was Ben and he seemed groggy.
Pittsburgh Police Lieutenant Kevin Kraus says city police are investigating the accident -- as they do any accident involving critical injuries.
The driver of the car -- which had Maine license plates -- left the scene with police officers.
At this point, it's not clear if any charges will be filed.
The Pittsburgh Tribune Review is reporting Roethlisberger lost most of his teeth, fractured his left sinus cavity bone, suffered a nine-inch laceration to the back of his head and a broken jaw, and severely injured both of his knees when he hit the ground, police said.
A plastic surgeon has been summoned.