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Community activist Don Pratt seriously injured while riding scooter

Don Pratt in his hospital bed giving the thumbs up Friday night while awaiting surgery at University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center.
Don Pratt in his hospital bed giving the thumbs up Friday night while awaiting surgery at University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center. Provided to the Herald-Leader

Longtime political activist Don Pratt is awaiting pelvic surgery after being hit by a car Friday afternoon while riding his scooter.

Surgery to correct multiple pelvic fractures and injuries to his knee will be performed Sunday or Monday, according to friend Sheri Trail. Trail said the scooter was crushed.

Carrie Pratt, Don’s daughter, said her dad was injured around 3 p.m. Friday while riding his scooter near the Walmart at 3180 Richmond Road. According to posts on Don Pratt’s Facebook page, a car made a sudden U-turn and hit him. Following the accident he was taken by ambulance to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. Pratt was still in the emergency room as of 11 a.m. Saturday waiting for a room, Trail said.

By that time Pratt was joking via Facebook post that when he got in a room he would accept “calm visitors” and encouraged them to bring fresh peaches or plums or “Gatewood Galbraith’s old medical marijuana prescription.”

That quip helped ease the concerns of Carrie Pratt, who was in California Saturday. “If he’s making jokes about doing drugs he must be doing okay being the straight edge guy that he is,” she said.

Pratt is often seen riding his scooter around Lexington and is known for collecting suitcases for foster children so they don’t have to move from home to home with their belongings in garbage bags. The former grocery store owner has also run for local office, most recently for Urban County Council at Large in 2014.

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