This has to be in the category of stranger than fiction, or worse, but David Cunniff — the neighborhood man who was critically injured in a bar fight in Deep Ellum in 2004 — is back in the hospital, this time with a broken neck suffered during a dirt bike accident last week. Cunniff was seriously injured enough the first time around that friends were concerned about whether he would live, and it was almost taken for granted that he would never walk again. But with some excellent medical help and an extremely supportive neighborhood network, Cunniff not only survived — he thrived. The last time I saw him, this summer at a Texas Rangers game, he was walking down a flight of stairs about as quickly as I could get down them. He had some after-affects of the injuries, without question, including a limited ability to swivel his head back and forth, which I imagine contributed to the motorcycle accident. And given all of his problems, and his good fortune in coming back from them, I have to wonder about the wisdom of getting on a motorcycle and taking off. Anyway, friends say Cunniff is expected to be in Baylor recuperating with a "halo" on his head for another day or two, and then he’ll be off for four to six weeks of rehab in a Baylor facility across the street.


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