19-year-old Flushing motorcycle racer fighting for his life after crash in Indiana

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INDIANAPOLIS (WJRT) (6/25/2018) - Parker Norris has been on a bike since he was 4 years old.

The 2017 Flushing High School graduate turned pro at just 16 and he's been traveling the country ever since.

"He lives, breathes and eats motorcycles," his sister, Jailyn, said. "He races every weekend he can."

Parker's sister said this weekend was actually an off weekend for him, but 19-year-old Parker wanted to race, so he headed to Terre Haute, Indiana.

"They were on a half-mile so they go insanely, insanely fast," Jailyn explained. "What happened is he got tangled up with the rider in front of him, high sided and he hit the ground and then the riders behind him had nowhere to go, so he got ran over."

Jailyn said her brother was wearing a helmet and his leather uniform has strong padding inside. But Parker suffered a broken collar bone, broken ribs, his heart is bruised and his lungs were punctured.

He was airlifted to IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, where he remained in a coma Monday.

"They told us he wasn't going to make it through the night and he did. They told us his heart was going to fail on him and it didn't. They told us he might not make it on the helicopter ride to this hospital and he did. So, it's just kind of one step at a time and he's achieving every hurdle that he's gone through so far," Jailyn said.

She added her brother looked more like himself Monday. So, that's helping his family and friends stay strong.

"They said he could hear us, so we're talking to him, telling him all the good stuff. I'm trying to make him laugh inside. We'll see if that works," she said.

Jailyn also said she's grateful for the outpouring of support in both prayer and monetary donations. In less than 24 hours, a fundraiser was created and a GoFundMe page has received more than $5,000 in donations.

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