A 64-year-old former Cordley School custodian is still hospitalized, but making progress in his recovery from a November collision between the man's bicycle and a sport utility vehicle, says a close friend.
Donald Varnau was taken by air ambulance to Kansas University Hospital after suffering critical injuries when he collided on Nov. 14 with an SUV near 11th and Kentucky streets.
"It was really bad, but thanks to the quick response by first responders and outstanding care at KU Hospital, I can tell you that Don is progressing and hopefully will totally recover in time," said friend Beckie Wendland.
Varnau — who retired from Lawrence Public Schools in 2011 — is expected to transfer to Lawrence Memorial Hospital for further rehabilitation, she said. Wendland credited Varnau's wearing of a helmet with saving his life.
Friends and family have been keeping up on Varnau's progress through frequent emails sent out by his bicycle club.
The driver of the SUV that hit Varnau was not ticketed and did not show any signs of impairment, according to police.