The man who collided with an 8-point buck last week remains in critical condition at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

James Godfrey, 42, was the driver of a Harley Davidson motorcycle involved in an ccident last Thursday on U.S. Highway 281, about one-half mile south of Morgan Mill.

Ronnie Galica, Godfrey's stepson, said there was a doctor passing by the accident that first assessed Godfrey and thought he had a couple of broken ribs.

When a more thorough assessment was completed after he was air transported the list of injuries became extensive.

According to Galica, Godfrey will remain at the hospital indefinitely and “slips in and out of stable, but as of Sunday night was listed in stable condition.

Galica said his stepfather has a bruised spleen, broken ribs, a punctured lung, brain hemorrhaging, broken shoulder and collarbone, a sprained thumb, and some trouble with blood clots in his legs.

“It was a lot more serious than everyone thought at the time, Galica said.

Galica said because of the painful broken ribs, Godfrey is having trouble breathing and has been placed on a ventilator.

“He normally wears a little tiny helmet, but because it was cold, he had on a three-quarter, Galica said. “This time it saved him. We're always on him to wear a full face helmet.

Galica said his entire family, including his mother, ride motorcycles.

Godfrey, formerly of Stephenville, owns Comet Cleaners and Laundry, and currently resides in Granbury.

ANGELIA JOINER is a staff writer for the Empire-Tribune. She can be reached at or call 254-968-2379, ext. 238.