Joshua ‘Pro’ Hartman, a young cyclist who competes in local bike races in New York City and rides with the Major Taylor Development Team, suffered serious injuries when he crashed while racing a qualifying heat in Saturday’s Red Hook Criterium.
A fund has been set up to help pay his medical costs, which are predicted to be significant.
Hartman was taken by ambulance from the scene of the accident, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, to the Kings County Hospital, where he remains in the intensive-care unit, according to a GoFundMe page set up to help pay his medical expenses.
On the fund-raising page, the fund’s organizers posted the following message:
This website was set up by the Major Taylor Development Team in show of support for our talented teammate Joshua “Pro” Hartman and his family during this incredible crisis. As many of you know, Joshua participated in a bike race on Saturday, June 8 and experienced a devastating crash during the qualifying rounds. He sustained multiple injuries to his face – he fractured his cheekbones, nose, and jaw. Thankfully he had on a helmet which protected his head. However when his face hit the protective railing his mouth was split open. Joshua lost a tremendous amount of blood and now remains in the ICU at Kings County Hospital.
We hope to raise lots of money to assist the family with the overwhelming medical burden they will surely incur. Joshua will need a series of surgeries to reconstruct his face. I can’t emphasize enough how critical the situation is and that your support is deeply needed.
Joshua is a fierce competitor, whose talent is equally matched in both road and track cycling. He’s the youngest member of the Major Taylor Development Team, an amateur race team, based in Brooklyn, NY. For the past two years he’s amazed all of us competing in countless races throughout the Tri-State area. Not only does he compete at the Jr. Level he also competes as a Cat-3 on the track and Cat-5 on the road. Last summer 2012, he placed first in the Floyd Bennett, Mango Seed Summer Series along with placing 3rd in the Lucarelli & Castaldi Series in Prospect Park all at the tender age of 14 years old.
Joshua is an exceptional talent and we love him dearly. We have all the confidences that he will be on the mends in no time. In the meantime, WE REALLY NEED YOUR SUPPORT!
Your donation will enable him to have the countless reconstructive surgeries needed to change his life and his ability to thrive in the future.
The goal is to raise $200,000. As of this writing, $4,263.00 had been raised in just nine hours.
Very best wishes go out to Hartman and his family and friends from cyclingreporter and the rest of the New York City racing community and beyond for a complete and speedy recovery.
Please consider donating what you can to help with Hartman’s medical costs. It takes only a minute and every contribution, however big or small, really helps.
To donate, or to learn more, go the GoFundMe page here: http://www.gofundme.com/391r54
—Words by Daniel McMahon. Photo courtesy of Major Taylor Development Facebook Page.