A man seriously injured in a motorcycle accident last month at Simmons is undergoing physical therapy.

Colleagues and friends of Cabool resident David Mathis are seeking help following his recent injury in a three-vehicle accident Sept. 25 on U.S. 63 near Simmons.

Mathis, 56, was riding a motorcycle southbound when the crash occurred, and went off the roadway after being struck by an SUV being driven by 27-year-old Sean M. Rief, of Bucyrus. Mathis was taken to Mercy Hospital in Springfield for treatment, and his left leg was amputated just below the knee.



He is now beginning a lengthy rehabilitation program at Mercy’s rehab facility, also in Springfield.

Mathis was Cass Township president Jack Watson’s top employee, and Watson has made a goal of raising funds and having labor donated to make the bathroom in Mathis’ home handicapped-accessible. Cabool city council member Sam Mudd — a friend of Mathis and a fellow motorcycle enthusiast — is also helping organize the project.

To make a cash donation, or to arrange working on the project, call Watson at 417-217-0411, or Mudd at 417-254-0121.

After side-swiping Mathis’ bike, Rief’s vehicle struck a southbound car head-on, killing its female driver.

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