SANTA CRUZ -- Two weeks after Ryan Concannon crashed his bicycle on Walnut Avenue, family members said they were hopeful that the 21-year-old would recover from a brain injury.
Concannon, a UC Santa Cruz graduate originally from Seattle, crashed while riding his bike on Walnut about 7:50 p.m. Sept. 21, said Santa Cruz police Lt. Larry Richard.
He was on his way to the home of Megan Concannon, his 23-year-old sister. She said Ryan usually wore a light on his backpack, but did not carry a light or wear a helmet that night.
A truck headed the opposite direction on Walnut had just turned left on to California Street when Ryan lost control of the bike and struck the pavement, police said.
He did not collide with the truck, police said. With a brain injury and other injuries, Ryan was transported by helicopter to Regional Medical Center of San Jose, his family said.
He remained in critical condition Thursday in an intensive care unit.
"He seems to be improving," Megan said. "We're definitely all optimistic because he's super strong and he has a will to live. If anyone can pull through this, it's him."
Ryan had just completed a bachelor's degree in biology at UCSC in the summer. He worked as a barista at Companion Bakeshop at 2341 Mission St., where employees held a fundraiser Thursday to help cover his medical expenses.
They sold food and drinks and donated 10 percent of the proceeds to him, his family said. Ryan had plans to start a coffee roasting business.
"He's very much into coffee and food -- really good food," Megan said. She described Ryan as one of the most genuine people she knows.
Authorities and some residents said after the crash that they hoped more cyclists would wear helmets. Night bicycle riders are required by law to use a front bike light and have a rear reflector.
Donations to Ryan's medical expenses can be made at any Wells Fargo Bank branch by submitting checks made out to "Team Ryan" and specifying California as the state.
A PayPal account also is planned for a website where family members update Ryan's condition, www.caringbridge.org/visit/ryanconcannon.
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Donations for Ryan Concannon's medical expenses can be made at any Wells Fargo bank branch by submitting checks to 'Team Ryan' and specifying California as the state. A Pay Pal account also is planned for a website that updates Ryan's condition, www.caringbridge.org/visit/ryanconcannon