Two recovering following fatal motorcycle wreck

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By Ben Carlson

The survivors of the accident last week that claimed the life of a Lawrenceburg man are recovering from their injuries, according to family members and friends.

Brenda Sparrow, 48, was a passenger on the motorcycle driven by Donald Miller, 60, who was pronounced dead at the scene after the bike he was driving south on U.S. 127 Bypass T-boned a vehicle that apparently pulled out in front of him from Eagle Lake Drive.

Sparrow was thrown from the bike and sustained multiple injuries. She was airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington.

Her daughter-in-law, Natosha Sparrow, said last week her mother-in-law is in stable condition after suffering a broken back, neck, pelvis, wrist, fingers and ribs, along with bruising on her brain.

Natosha Sparrow said her mother-in-law had surgery on her back Friday, followed by surgery on her hand Saturday.

"Both surgeries went fine," she said. "She's on the road to recovery. She's had some ups and downs, but nothing severe.

"We are very thankful for all the support of our family, friends and coworkers."

Christopher Barton, 32, driver of the other vehicle, was also taken to UK after sustaining a broken leg, two fractures to his pelvis and injuries to his right arm.

Barton, youth minister at Alton Baptist Church, is recovering following surgery, according to church pastor Rick Shannon.

"Chris came through surgery fine and is on the mend," Shannon said.

Funeral services for Miller were held Thursday at Ritchie and Peach Funeral Home. He was buried in Lawrenceburg Cemetery.

Miller, a combat veteran who served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, received military honors during funeral services.

Following the service, Miller's body was escorted to the cemetery by about 60 members of two motorcycle organizations, the Patriot Guard and the local chapter of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, of which Miller was a member.