Man paralyzed from dune crash.

August 29, 2017

– Go Fund Me Page photo

Man paralyzed from dune crash.



GOLDEN TOWNSHIP — A 30-year-old Riverview man was paralyzed after crashing on a 2014 Honda dirt bike at the Silver Lake Sand Dunes Saturday evening, Aug. 26.

Tyler David Cernik “was traveling eastbound up Sunset Hill at a high rate of speed,” states an Oceana County Sheriff’s Office accident report. “When the vehicle crested the peak of Sunset Hill, it left the ground and traveled approximately 50 feet in the air before landing rear tire first. After landing, the driver was thrown foreword hitting his head in the handle bars and then was thrown from the vehicle. Both the vehicle and the rider came to rest at the bottom of the hill,” the report states.

“When responders arrived on scene, the rider complained he could not feel his arms or legs. When he was transported by EMS, he still had not gained feeling in his legs,” according to the report.

The crash occurred at 8:17 p.m.

A Go Fund Me Page has been established to help Cernik with his medical bills.

“Saturday, August 26, 2017, Tyler Cernik almost landed a 200-foot jump from Sunset Hill at SiIver Lake Sand Dunes in Mears, Michigan,” states the Go Fund Me Page. “After several successful runs previously, everyone was positive he would make this landing. However, fate was not in his favor.

“He fractured his C5 vertebrae; damaged his spinal cord; and fractured his jaw. He could not feel his legs or anything else from his solar plexus down. After a three-hour surgery, he was told he would likely never walk again.

“At the moment, he is without health insurance. He deserves the best care possible, but his family may not be able to pay for it.

“Tyler’s passion is living life to the fullest. He takes care of those around him so they can take advantage of all that life has to offer alongside him. He’s honest, forthright, and compassionate. He’s always been there for his family and friends. It’s time now for us to be there for him. He’s a welder, fabricator, and mechanic. Currently, his dexterity is nonexistent. He needs to be able to work with his hands.

“He will most likely need another surgery; he will need rehabilitation; and he may attempt stem cell therapy. This fundraiser will help get Tyler started on the road to recovery.”

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