Update: Motorcyclist reported in critical but stable condition following collision with vehicle on Clarksville Street

A man whose motorcycle collided on Wednesday with a car on Clarksville Street in Paris was listed in critical and stable condition on Friday.

Extra_Logo_Slider_SizePolice did not know his identity on Wednesday, but identified him on Friday as Bruce Freelen, 32, of 2290 Ballard in Paris. Police spokesman Curtis Garrett said Freelen suffered several broken bones and a head injury.

At 4:23 p.m. Wednesday, Paris police, fire and Emergency Medical Services were dispatched to the 1900 Block of
Clarksville Street. Witnesses said the motorcycle was eastbound on Clarksville, following a vehicle that had stopped in the roadway to allow another vehicle waiting in a private drive of a business to turn westbound.

The motorcycle moved into the left turn lane to go around the stopped vehicle and collided into the vehicle exiting the private drive, police were told.

An Eagle Med helicopter flew Freeland to a hospital.


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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.