Donna Bergmeister and her husband, Bill, were driving on Newtown Road north of Starke’s Grade around 6:15 p.m. on Sept. 10 when they came upon a bicycle, shoe and sock in the middle of the road. A quick search found a man crumpled against the fence separating the road from a yard in front of a house. The man had been the victim of a hit and run.
The man was “unconscious and rumpled against the wire fence.” She touched him and found he was not moving, but quickly came to.
“I’ve never seen anyone so broken as he was,” she said. “He was yelling, he was in so much pain.” She found his left leg was likely fractured, his right arm flailing and his right wrist broken. He had a hematoma on his left eye “the size of a golf ball.” He was having trouble breathing, leading her to believe he had internal major injuries.
“He had been thrown at least 20 feet in front of the bike, his backpack was on the other side of the fence,” she said. “There was debris near his head, a yellow reflector from the front of a car, black plastic on the side of (the man).” The bicycle was not crumpled, she said, as normally happens, so her husband, a retired officer, concluded it was likely a truck, higher off the ground, that hit him, she said.
CHP Officer Dan Stark confirmed the identity of the man as Jimi Lee Rohers, but had little more information as he did not have the report of the incident. He did not know Roher’s current condition nor where he was taken to be treated. Stark did, however, know that Roher had likely been walking his bike, rather than riding it, by how he and the bike were found. Marshall Hospital and Sutter Roseville Medical Center both confirmed they have no current patients under Roher’s name.
An ambulance was called by a second woman who arrived at the scene. In the 20 or 25 minutes it took the ambulance to get to the scene, the unknown woman began administering aid. Bergmeister believed her to be in some sort of medical profession, as she pulled out rubber gloves from a toolkit and began helping the man. The Bergmeisters left when the ambulance arrived, but they were aware that a helicopter had been called to life flight the man.