Crash victim spends 12 hours in ditch


A Kentucky man is fighting for his life after crashing his motorcycle and spending 12 hours alone in a ditch.

 A family friend said Jamie Mardis took a ride on a Suzuki DR 350 dirt bike around 8 p.m. Sunday. He was found around 8:35 a.m. Monday morning, clinging to life in a ditch along a country road.

 Road. Crash investigators said he was driving west when he lost control and struck a utility pole.

 Ryland Heights Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Hopple said they found Mardis in bad shape.

 “When we got there, he was off in a ditch, pretty bad off,” Hopple said.

 He was taken by AirCare to University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

 Family friend Mike Friemuth said Mardis is undergoing scans, has a broken leg and hasn’t started talking yet.

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