Urban and friends had been together the day before the crash, first swimming then listening to bands at Musikfest in Bethlehem. The friends were sharing their phone locations, so each knew the other’s whereabouts. After leaving Musikfest, some in the group went to one friend’s house for a while.
Friend Katelyn McKitrick says Urban eventually decided to get on his motorcycle and drive home. He was set to work the front desk the next day at a local Comfort Suites hotel. McKitrick, who was a year ahead of Urban when they both attended Northampton Area High School, says she was worried about Urban and unsuccessfully tried to follow him in her car.
She kept driving toward his home and her car hit a piece of wood in the road. She had no idea why it was there or what it meant. Still on the phone with another friend in their group, she learned Urban’s location had not moved. “Then I got a really bad feeling,” she says. A short time later, she saw Urban lying in a driveway. The piece of wood she hit in the road was part of the fence Urban hit. “I actually drove past him at first and had no idea,” she says.
She ran to him. His helmet was off, and he was bleeding and gasping for air. McKitrick is a nursing student, soon to graduate, who works part-time as a nursing assistant on the neurology floor for a local health network. This tremendous trauma was unlike anything she’d ever seen. She checked for vital signs and called 911.
Urban says McKitrick’s intuition and her finding him were “divine intervention.” McKitrick says if she hadn’t found Urban, he likely would have died.