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ANKENY, Iowa — Greg Lage, a teacher and coach at Ankeny High School, remains hospitalized in a coma on Tuesday after apparently striking his head on the ground when he crashed his bike early Saturday morning.

According to an online post from Lage’s wife, he was riding his bike home after bartending on Friday morning when he crashed on gravel near Birdland Marina. A passing police officer and a trainee spotted Lage lying on a trail and called 911. When Lage stopped breathing, one officer performed CPR until EMTs arrived. Lage remains hospitalized at MercyOne in Des Moines in critical condition with brain injuries.

Friends and colleagues of Lage shared who is is as a person and a teacher.

“I think the thing about Greg is the tremendous amount of passion that he brings to not only school, but to everything,” said Andrew Bouska, Lage’s friend and history teacher at Ankeny High School. “Whether it’s cycling, spending time with his family, his friends, following jam bands. There is just a tremendous amount of passion that he brings everyday and it’s authentic.”

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Crash Date: Tue, Oct 4th 2022


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