A popular professor and veterinary surgeon at Colorado State
University (CSU) remains sedated and in critical condition after being struck by a car while riding his bicycle last Sunday in Fort Collins, Colo.
Turner, BVSc, MS, collided with a car driven by
67-year-old Kathryn Hendren, of Wellington, Colo., according to a report
by the Colorado State Patrol. Hendren has not been charged in connection
with the incident.
The 60-year-old faculty member in the
College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences is being treated
at Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, Colo. He is a professor at CSU's James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
the accident, Turner's wife reportedly has received a flood of support
from members of the community and is posting updates
of her husband's medical status on the Internet. Like Turner, Dr. Ann Wagner is on
faculty at CSU. Her clinical interests include equine anesthesiology
and pain management.
"She is appreciative of all the comments,
e-mails and cards that they've received," says Dell Rae Moellenberg, CSU
media relations, of Wagner. "She's heard from almost 200 people.
What a testament to the kind of person that Dr. Turner is."
who's worked at CSU since 1977, earned a degree in veterinary medicine
from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Science from The Ohio
State University. He is a diplomate of the American College of
Veterinary Surgeons and a native of Australia.
Turner received the
2009 Lifetime Excellence in Research Award during last summer's American
Veterinary Medical Association in Seattle. He is well known for his
research of osteoporosis, heart disease and arthritis, studying how
biological changes in the aged ovariectomized ewe mimic those seen in
postmenopausal women. He established at laboratory for his research at
CSU and is investigating new methods of enhancement of implant fixation
in bone, anterior and posterior spine fusion.