David A. Zien, Former Wisconsin Senator
Injured In Motorcycle Crash
Ryan G. Matheny of Marietta, OH was changing lanes on Interstate 10 in Mariana, FL on Sunday when he went out of control and flipped his SUV. Zien tried to avoid the vehicle, but was unable to safely evade Matheny's out of control SUV, clipped the back end of it and was thrown from his bike. Zien was flown by Air Heart Helicopter to Tallahassee Memorial Medical Center where he is listed in fair condition.
Matheny was cited for driving with a suspended license and failure to maintain lanes. He and his passenger were taken to a nearby hospital and treated for minor injuries.
An experienced motorcyclist, Zien had logged a million miles on his 1991 1340cc Harley FXTR as of April 2009 and was the first person ever to have done so on one single motorcycle. Zien's million mile motorcycle was put on permanent display at the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame in Sturgis, S.D . He was riding the 2009 Road Glide gifted to him from Harley-Davidson after his '91's anniversary and the nearly new bike sustained about $10,000 in damages.
A staunch supporter of Veterans, Zien himself is a Vietnam Vet having served in the U.S. Marines. Zien is a member of the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame and the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in recognition of his support for rider and veteran causes. He was a Wisconsin State Senator from 1993 to 2007, and a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1989 to 2003.
BikerHotline reporter Martin Two Feathers had attended the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame breakfast the morning before with Dave Zien and was dismayed to hear that his friend has had his left leg amputated from just above the knee as a result of Sunday's accident. Further injuries include a broken right hip and breaks in his left hand.
Monday morning, Zien was upbeat about the situation figuring that his motorcycle riding might be curtailed for a little while, but his wife expects him to be back in the saddle one day in the not too distant future.