In the past two weeks, community members throughout the Eastside have rallied around the family of Jonathan Stevenson, a 17-year-old who was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident.
Jonathan and his family live in Sammamish, and Dan Stevenson is the director of faith at St. Monica Church on Mercer Island. The family has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from family, friends and members of both communities.
“People’s prayer support is extremely important,” Dan Stevenson said. “We’ve seen it.”
On the evening of May 29, Dan, Jonathan and his brother went for a motorcycle ride together. Dan left the group to go back up to the Sammamish Plateau, and Jonathan’s brother stopped on 111th Street Northeast in Redmond to use his cell phone.
While Jonathan waited, he went up a block or so and came back, but something went wrong and the bike tipped, high-sided on the curb and threw Jonathan, Dan Stevenson said.
The police officers who investigated the scene thought that excessive speed caused the crash, but there may be more to the story, Stevenson said.
Jonathan’s brother and a nearby resident helped him until paramedics arrived and transported him to Harborview Medical Center, where he remains in serious condition.
Doctors kept Jonathan sedated for about a week to allow the swelling in his brain to subside, and since they reduced the medication he has not been able to talk, but has recognized family members and wiggled his toes, Dan Stevenson said.
“I attribute that to everyone’s prayers,” Stevenson said. “Every bit of this has been a miracle.”
Jonathan is a junior at Eastlake High School in Sammamish. Besides riding motorcycles, he loves skateboarding, snowboarding and the TV show “LOST,” his dad said.
Eastlake Principal Rondel Hardie said, “Many of his close friends are dealing with this crisis. What we’re trying to do is provide them support.”
“We continue to channel our thoughts and prayers to Jon and his family,” Hardie said.
Classmates and community members held a vigil for Jonathan last week at Mary Queen of Peace church in Sammamish.
For updates about Jonathan’s condition, visit www.caringbridge.org.
Anyone who would like to help the family with medical expenses may make a donation to the Jonathan Stevenson Fund at any Washington Mutual branch.