IPS: Priestley transferred to Methodist hospital

INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, Aug. 12, 2002, 3:15 p.m. (EST) -- Infiniti Pro Series driver Jason Priestley was transferred via air to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis on Aug. 12 to continue his recovery from serious injuries suffered in an Indy Racing...

INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, Aug. 12, 2002, 3:15 p.m. (EST) -- Infiniti Pro Series driver Jason Priestley was transferred via air to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis on Aug. 12 to continue his recovery from serious injuries suffered in an Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series practice accident Aug. 11 at Kentucky Speedway.

Priestley, 32, from Vancouver, British Columbia, was transferred to Methodist -- renowned for its treatment of injured race drivers -- from the University of Kentucky Hospital intensive care unit. His condition is serious but stable.

Doctors at UK Hospital announced earlier today that Priestley's pulse and blood pressure are normal, he continues to breath on his own, and he responds to commands and voluntarily moves all his extremities.

"Priestley's condition has improved and stabilized to the point where a transfer can be safely completed," said Dr. Stephan Stapczynski, professor and chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Kentucky College of Medicine and medical director at Kentucky Speedway.

Priestley sustained a moderate concussion as well as a fracture of his ninth thoracic vertebra. In addition to a contusion around his left eye, Priestley has lacerations on the bridge of his nose and left cheek, neck lacerations and fractures in both feet.

Get-well wishes may be sent to:
Kelley Racing Attn.: Jason Priestley 6803 Coffman Indianapolis, IN 46268

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