Troubled Uber founder Travis Kalanick posted a series of pictures of his father – banged up from a May 26 boating accident that killed his mother – to his Facebook account, saying the 78-year-old was on the mend.
“Dad, since I was little, you’ve always been my hero. But in the last few weeks, your deep well of strength and warmth in the toughest times inspires our entire family,” Kalanick wrote in a post June 19.
The photos he shared of dad, Donald, included one of the two holding hands in the hospital and another of the senior in a wheelchair overlooking the sea.
Donald Kalanick suffered five broken ribs, a broken vertebrae and a broken leg after the boat he was manning capsized when the family dog got into the way of the steering wheel. He and wife, Bonnie, 71, were thrown into an icy lake where Bonnie hit her head on a rock.
On June 1, he posted a long note on Facebook how his mother asked him to go on the holiday to Pine Flats Lake. Kalanick, who stepped down Tuesday as chief executive of Uber after a shareholder revolt made it impossible for him to stay, has publicly beaten himself up over not being there to protect his elderly parents. A source at the Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno confirmed Thursday he was treated there, but released.
“The last note I got from her was a gorgeous picture of the lake as you approach it from the campground, still cajoling me to cancel my meetings on the East Coast and join them. But I didn’t,” he wrote.
The Facebook page for Bonnie Kalanick, a former advertising executive with the Los Angeles Daily News and Ventura County Star, has been changed to a legacy tribute.
The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said the pet dog survived the accident and is being taken care of by family members.