Injured Motorcyclist's Rehab Continues

Resident Kevin Bruisnma, who was injured Aug. 22 in an accident on Harper, has returned home from the hospital. The 54-year-old woman who is accused of hitting Bruisnma and his wife will return to court Sept. 21.

The long road to recovery for Kevin Bruisnma has brought him home to recover from the serious injuries he suffered by an alleged drunken driver.

Bruisnma suffered a number of injuries in the Aug. 22 accident, including a broken right wrist and foot, and his left femur was crushed in four places. He has spent nearly three weeks in the hospital, and in a post on the Patch Facebook page, he updated his status to readers.

"I wanted to thank everybody for the thoughts and prayers," Bruisnma, 36, of St. Clair Shores, wrote Wednesday. "I returned home from the hospital yesterday, and my wife should be coming home tomorrow. Please continue your prayers, as we have a long road of recovery ahead of us. God bless."

Bruisnma, and his wife Heather, were driving southbound on a 1983 Honda Nighthawk motorcycle on Harper when a Grand Am drove through the turn lane near Alexander Street and into couple.

The couple, who were wearing helmets, were thrown from the motorcycle and suffered a number of injuries. His wife suffered torn ligaments in her knee and three cracked ribs.

The car was driven by Sandra Jo Stafford, 54, of St. Clair Shores, whom St. Clair Shores police report was driving drunk. She was charged with two counts of operating while intoxicated causing a serious injury and operating while intoxicated second offense.

Stafford is being held in the Macomb County Jail on $20,000 bond and will return to 40th District Court on Sept. 21 for a pre-exam conference.

christine Holstine September 13, 2012 at 12:44 PM
OMG im happy to hear this news. I know its a long road to recovery BUT again this couple is so lucky to be alive, and being a person who came upon the scene after the fact I know 1st hand how bad this accident looked or could of turned out. God bless you both. My thoughts & prayers are with you.
Owen Buntch September 13, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Good luck to Kevin and Heather, the road ahead will be long and painful but the pain will really mean gain in the long run. I pray the liberal legal system will do something positive to remove a repeat drunk driver from society, as the law stipulates.


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