Robert Wickens Undergoes Multiple Surgeries Following Crash
In the latest medical update on Robert Wickens released from the Verizon IndyCar Series, the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver underwent additional surgeries following the spinal surgery on Monday night at Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest.
“Surgeries were performed late this week on his right arm and lower extremities without complication,” the statement reads. “The extent of the spinal cord injury remains indeterminate. Wickens also underwent a series of precautionary tests that found no indication of further injury.
“Future treatment for Wickens includes more corrective surgery and rehabilitation. The thoughts of the entire INDYCAR community are with the Wickens family and SPM during this time.”
As noted, Wickens underwent surgery on Monday night to stabilize a thoracic spinal fracture associated with a spinal cord injury.
Battling for position on Lap 7, Wickens made contact with the back of Ryan Hunter-Reay, before going over top of the No. 28 DHL Honda’s nose, over across the top of the wall, and into the catchfence where he spun like a top before landing.
Hunter-Reay was uninjured in the crash, along with the other drivers getting caught up in the process due to the debris scattered, including Takuma Sato, Pietro Fittipaldi, and Wickens’ teammate James Hinchcliffe. While Fittipaldi had a sore right ankle and Hinchcliffe sustained some scratches to his hands from the debris, they were cleared to drive, and are on the entry list for this weekend’s Bommarito Auto Group 500.
“I took my hands off the wheel when I went backward, and I think some piece of debris came in as I was holding them (my hands) in, kind of just smacked the top of them so I took a bit of a beating, but nothing is broken, just some swelling and some cuts. We’ll rest it up and be fine,” Hinchcliffe said post-wreck. “Obviously, I’m just hoping Robbie’s (Robert Wickens) alright. Never good to see a car go up (into the fence) like that, but I know he is in good hands. Hopefully, we’ll see him back in the car soon.”
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