Retired Washington Co. judge recovering from Bermuda accident

October 31, 2012|By DON AINES |
  • W. Kennedy Boone III
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HAGERSTOWN — Retired Washington County Circuit Court Judge W. Kennedy Boone III says his recovery from a motorbike accident earlier this month in Bermuda is going well.

Boone, 70, of Hagerstown, said he suffered a broken arm, fractured ribs and a collapsed lung in the Oct. 9 accident on the island. He was flown back to this country the next day and underwent surgery on his arm on Oct. 11 at the University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore, he said.

Boone said he had been recovering at home since Oct. 19.

“It was a couple of days before we were supposed to come home ... and we got a call that our house was burglarized,” Boone said. He was running errands as he and his wife were trying to arrange an early flight home, he said.

“It was nobody’s fault other than mine,” Boone said of the accident. Boone was riding the motorbike, a common mode of transportation in Bermuda, down a hill when a truck pulled out from a street he was preparing to turn onto, he said.

“I just over compensated ... I went into a wall,” Boone said. The motorbike came off the wall and went onto its side, causing his injuries, he said.

Boone said he has been riding motorbikes in Bermuda for more than four decades without an accident. He was wearing a helmet when the crash occurred, Boone added.

Police told him someone had been arrested in connection with the burglary and some of the belongings were recovered, Boone said.

Boone retired from the bench earlier this year, having reached the mandatory retirement age of 70.

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