Stephen Covey Injured After Crashing His Bicycle

2:09 PM, Apr 21, 2012   |    comments
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Stephen R. Covey, author of the wildly popular 1990 book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, is in a Provo, Utah, hospital after being knocked unconscious in a bicycle accident.

Covey, 79, in stable condition and responding to family members, publicist Debra Lund tells AP. "He just lost control on his bike and crashed," Lund said. "He was wearing a helmet, which is good news."

The accident happened on a steep road in the foothills of Provo, about 45 miles south of Salt Lake City. No one else was involved, Provo police Sgt. Mathew Siufanua said, although an assistant for Covey who was riding with him witnessed the crash.

"He just took a corner too fast," Siufanua said. "He hit his head and had a pretty good goose egg."

When officers arrived, they found Covey unconscious and sent him to the hospital. Catherine Sagers, Covey's daughter, told The Salt Lake Tribune that her father was being monitored in an intensive care unit because of some initial bleeding on the frontal lobe of his brain.

"They're just waiting to see if the brain is going to swell and bleed out more," Sager said. "If it (bleeds) out more, they'll probably have to go in and drain it." Covey also suffered cracked ribs and a partially collapsed lung.

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