Former GUNS N' ROSES/ROCK STAR SUPERNOVA guitarist Gilby Clarke was hospitalized on Sunday (January 10) after he was the victim of a hit-and-run motorcycle accident. He is currently waiting to be transferred from Sherman Oaks Hospital to another facility, where he will undergo surgery. He says in a Twitter update, "I still can't stand up, [because] both legs are injured."
Clarke's close friend, former MTV "Headbangers Ball" host Riki Rachtman, has put out the following call for help in finding the motorist who caused the accident:
"You may have heard Gilby Clarke was involved in a motorcycle accident on Sunday. The important thing you should know is it was a hit-and-run.
"WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!! Sunday around 5 p.m. Gilby was riding his bike in Sherman Oaks, California. He was riding south on Woodman and at the intersection of Moorpark some idiot turned left right in front of him. Gilby hit the passenger side of the vehicle. The driver took off.
"Here is what we know so far. [Pickup] truck light color tan perhaps silver. There was a male driver and possibly a female passenger could be Hispanic, but not sure. The truck looked fairly new and has damage on the passenger side.
"If you have ANY information, send me a direct message on Twitter until I find out the police department.
"C'mon, someone knows something. Look for that truck.
"Gilby is currently getting ready for surgery to his leg. It's a pretty gnarly break."
Clarke, 47, is best known for a three-year tenure as the rhythm guitarist of GUNS N' ROSES. He joined the band in November 1991, replacing Izzy Stradlin, who quit the group in the middle of a 28-month world tour. Gilby has also played with ROCK STAR SUPERNOVA, HEART, NANCY SINATRA, Kathy Valentine (of THE GO-GO'S) and the reformed MC5 on their 2005 European tour.
Clarke has produced a number of artists, including L.A. GUNS, BULLETS AND OCTANE, THE BRONX, GIRLSPLAYBOYS, VAINS OF JENNA and LADYJACK.