Condition change for hospitalized Placer County sheriff’s deputy

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A Placer County Sheriff’s deputy seriously injured in a car-versus-motorcycle crash last week on North Auburn’s Bell Road remained hospitalized Monday but his condition has been upgraded. Deputy Bradley Gravely, 26, spent his sixth day at Sutter Roseville Medical Center on Monday after being thrown from his personal motorcycle in a collision Wednesday with a car that had pulled out onto the road into oncoming traffic. A hospital spokeswoman said Monday that Gravely’s condition had been upgraded to fair from Friday’s condition report of serious. Gravely, a Placer County deputy for nearly six years, was thrown 50 feet in the air off his motorcycle after it struck the front of a car driven by Hugh Morrill, 83, of Auburn. Morrill and a female passenger were able to walk away from their car, which suffered front-end damage. Gravely’s FJR 1000 Yamaha sustained significant front-end damage in the collision as witnesses watched the deputy pitched over the front of the bike. Gravely regained consciousness at the accident scene before being flown by Calstar helicopter to Roseville. A sheriff’s spokesman said Friday that Gravely was doing remarkably better than had been initially suspected. – Gus Thomson