Blind motorcycle rider shows you can always keep doing what you love

1 month 6 days 15 hours ago Sunday, December 16 2018 Dec 16, 2018 Sunday, December 16, 2018 12:46:00 PM CST December 16, 2018 in Sports
By: Olivia Gerling, KOMU 8 Sports

COLUMBIA – After a life-threatening accident 17 years ago, a Columbia man is proving you never have to give up what you are passionate about. 

“I'm tough. You know, I was in the Army and I wasn’t afraid enough,” said motorcycle enthusiast Dennis Thompson. “The hardest thing is letting people help you out.” 

Thompson was an aviation mechanic and spent much of his free time on the back of a motorcycle, riding on the open roads. 

But that all changed in an instant.

“I messed up. I started drinking, trying to drink the anger away.”

Thompson crashed his motorcycle. 

He spent months in a coma. In two weeks, his heart stopped six times and he was given 156 units of blood to stay alive. He lost his right arm and leg.

When he woke up, he also realized he had lost something else.

“I tried to turn on the lights,” Thompson said.

But the lights were already on. 

David Thompson said his brother felt “worthless.” Along with his sight, Dennis Thompson began losing his spirit.

“I said ‘Well, you know your bike. You know all the things to do with a motorcycle, so why don’t we rebuild it?” David Thompson said.

They two brothers did just that.

After months of working, the bike was finished. Dennis Thompson decided to keep it.

Despite his difficulties, he is still riding bikes today. But now, he allows some help.

He met his now-wife Sandy Thompson during his recovery. She had never driven a motorcycle, but was willing to learn for her husband.

After making modifications to the bike, Dennis Thompson now gets around town with his wife at the wheel.

The only difference now is: “I use my imagination or my mind more when I'm riding.”

Dennis Thompson said he wants to show other people that, no matter what happens to them, they do not have to give up what they love.

“You can crash in a car, you can crash and a tractor trailer, you can crash in a bus,” he said. “Just because you crash doesn't mean that you stop doing what you need to do or what you enjoy doing.”

 

 

 

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY - A former Jefferson City Public Schools employee filed a lawsuit accusing the district of discrimination. Denise... More >>
1 minute ago Tuesday, January 22 2019 Jan 22, 2019 Tuesday, January 22, 2019 2:51:30 PM CST January 22, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Firefighters said unattended cooking caused the fire at an apartment complex in central Columbia on Sunday. The... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, January 22 2019 Jan 22, 2019 Tuesday, January 22, 2019 10:25:00 AM CST January 22, 2019 in News
MONITEAU COUNTY - Moniteau County deputies are looking for a man from the city of California after they said he... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, January 22 2019 Jan 22, 2019 Tuesday, January 22, 2019 10:13:00 AM CST January 22, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - One person was detained in connection to a threat made at the Midway Travel Plaza on Highway 40,... More >>
14 hours ago Monday, January 21 2019 Jan 21, 2019 Monday, January 21, 2019 11:58:00 PM CST January 21, 2019 in News
SUNRISE BEACH - One person died at a high rise at the Lake of the Ozarks Monday morning according to... More >>
15 hours ago Monday, January 21 2019 Jan 21, 2019 Monday, January 21, 2019 11:27:00 PM CST January 21, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - With just over two months left before the April 2 Municipal Election, mayoral candidate Chris Kelly is calling... More >>
21 hours ago Monday, January 21 2019 Jan 21, 2019 Monday, January 21, 2019 5:30:00 PM CST January 21, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - With over 500 districts across the country switching to four day school weeks, there has been an increase... More >>
21 hours ago Monday, January 21 2019 Jan 21, 2019 Monday, January 21, 2019 5:29:00 PM CST January 21, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Back in November, Missourians voted to pass Proposition B, which would increase the minimum wage over the next... More >>
21 hours ago Monday, January 21 2019 Jan 21, 2019 Monday, January 21, 2019 5:21:00 PM CST January 21, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Organizers with the MLK Commission gathered Monday to reflect on the teachings of Martin Luther King Jr. and... More >>
22 hours ago Monday, January 21 2019 Jan 21, 2019 Monday, January 21, 2019 4:14:00 PM CST January 21, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - An announcement on who will serve as the city's interim police chief should come around Feb. 1, Interim... More >>
23 hours ago Monday, January 21 2019 Jan 21, 2019 Monday, January 21, 2019 3:05:00 PM CST January 21, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Several local businesses are servicing federal employees who are being directly impacted by the partial government shutdown. Lizzi... More >>
1 day ago Monday, January 21 2019 Jan 21, 2019 Monday, January 21, 2019 2:25:00 PM CST January 21, 2019 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Recreational use of marijuana is illegal in Missouri, but for about one-third of the state's residents,... More >>
1 day ago Monday, January 21 2019 Jan 21, 2019 Monday, January 21, 2019 10:24:00 AM CST January 21, 2019 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — Kamala Harris, a first-term senator and former California attorney general known for her rigorous questioning of President... More >>
1 day ago Monday, January 21 2019 Jan 21, 2019 Monday, January 21, 2019 7:39:00 AM CST January 21, 2019 in News
HOLTS SUMMIT - Firefighter are calling the Evergreen Condos a "total loss" after a fire early Monday morning. According... More >>
1 day ago Monday, January 21 2019 Jan 21, 2019 Monday, January 21, 2019 6:56:00 AM CST January 21, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Broadway Diner is eliminating its late night service in an effort to keep a "family friendly" atmosphere.... More >>
2 days ago Sunday, January 20 2019 Jan 20, 2019 Sunday, January 20, 2019 2:28:00 PM CST January 20, 2019 in News
CHICAGO (AP) — Activists and others who were disappointed by the outcome of two historic cases involving the killing... More >>
2 days ago Sunday, January 20 2019 Jan 20, 2019 Sunday, January 20, 2019 7:23:00 AM CST January 20, 2019 in News
FULTON - The McDonald's on Business 54 was evacuated Saturday evening after a man threatened to shoot everyone, police said.... More >>
2 days ago Sunday, January 20 2019 Jan 20, 2019 Sunday, January 20, 2019 12:29:00 AM CST January 20, 2019 in News
HOLTS SUMMIT - The weather conditions on Saturday made it difficult to put out a two-story house fire, firefighters said.... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, January 19 2019 Jan 19, 2019 Saturday, January 19, 2019 11:10:00 PM CST January 19, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 41°
3pm 43°
4pm 43°
5pm 43°
6pm 43°