Kingman County man credits helmet for saving life in motorcycle crash

Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 9:23 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - A Kingman County man escaped serious injuries after a motorcycle crash that happened as he was exiting a highway. He credits his helmet for saving his life.

Ben Henning said he was out on a motorcycle ride when he hit a piece of asphalt, sending him into the air on the Kansas Turnpike near South Haven.

“It pitched the bike sideways and I ended up underneath the bike and it probably skid me 15 to 20 feet,” he said.

Henning has road rash and burns, minor injuries from which he’s able to recover at home. Reliving the crash, he said he’s glad that he survived.

“I did have riding pants on with padding at the time. I think that’s what saved my leg,” he said.

He kept his torn and dirty shirt, that along with his scraped-up helmet, serves as a reminder of what happened.

Henning said he’s done with motorcycles after the close call. He said he plans to fix up his bike and sell it.

My motorcycle days are over. (I) realize what’s more important in life,” he said.

Henning’s message to other riders is simple: Always wear a helmet.

“I was only going 30 or 40, but what if I was going 75 to 80 on the interstate?” Henning said. “The outcome would have been different.”

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