10 months and 13 days after he should have died in a horrible motorcycle accident, a friend checked out today from a torn aorta, most likely the result of injuries sustained in his accident. May 5th, he was out for the first time on a chopper he had bought 3 weeks earlier. 20 yr old jackwad, stoned out of his gourd on pot, hauling a load of pot to a MMJ facility crossed a double yellow and hit Mike head on. He spent 2 months and 17 days in the hospital, a month of that time in a coma. His injuries and the surgeries that followed set local, state and national records for severity, and that he survived. He was almost given last rites in the ER, several specialists called in that afternoon said they thought they were working on a dead man, no one expected him to survive the surgeries. Since being released July 22nd, he's twice battled MRSA infections, had 8 follow up surgeries, and spent a few odds and ends weeks in the hospital for various reasons. He was finally coming to grips with some things, in that some of his pain would never go away but that he would persevere. Through the strength, prayers and encouragement of friends he was persevered, recently he started dating a woman that truly loved him and was hoping to be with him forever. In fact Sunday morning she posted on FB, that they had decided that morning to repaint some rooms in his house and were heading the Home Depot. The next post a couple hours later, they were in the ER. The jackwad that hit him has not been convicted, nor has he accepted responsibility for his actions, criminally or civilly. Hopefully, the court will now throw the book at him and put him under the jail. This kid was so stoned, he had no idea he hit Mike, and couldn't understand why his car wouldn't start or move. Witnesses had to forcibly stop him from trying to move his car. Mike had accepted that he would probably never ride a 2 wheeled cycle again, and had actually joked a few times about building a badass 3-wheeler just to give the middle finger to anyone who doubted him. He leaves behind an ex-wife and 3 kids, as well as a lot of friends and a lovely girlfriend. RIP Mike Streek Arko, you will be missed by so many.