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 in Redmond.
Jonathan and his family live in Sammamish, and his dad, 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 and the community.
“People’s prayer support is extremely important,” 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 say excessive speed caused the crash, but there may be more to the story, Stevenson said. Alcohol was definitely not a factor, according to Jim Bove, community outreach facilitator for the Redmond Police Department.
Jonathan’s brother and a nearby resident helped Jonathan 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 respond 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 watching the TV show “LOST,” his dad 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/visit/jonathanstevenson.
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.