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Ocean City's 'Boardwalk Elvis' Gets Hit by Car

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Norman Webb, popularly known as "Boardwalk Elvis." (Photo: WBOC) Norman Webb, popularly known as "Boardwalk Elvis." (Photo: WBOC)

OCEAN CITY, Md.-  The iconic Ocean City "Boardwalk Elvis" is recovering at his home after being hit by a car Sunday afternoon.

Most people around town know the 73-year-old Ocean Pines man as the "Boardwalk Elvis." But to his family and close friends, he's Norman Webb. 

Webb was up and moving when this reporter stopped in for a visit. Clinching his side, he complained of off-and-on pain. "Sometimes it hurts, and sometimes it doesn't," Webb said. He stood for awhile before reaching for the nearest chair.

His memory of the accident is foggy. But he did recall the moments after impact.

"The bike turned over and I turned over with it," he said.

Webb was wearing his Elvis Presley costume and riding on his "souped-up" bike along Route 589 when the incident happened.

"I was worried," said his close friend Larnet St. Amant, also of Ocean Pines. Fighting back tears, she said, "I worry about him. I worry about him."

Fortunately, Webb was able to limp away with a couple of minor injuries. But St. Amant still worries.

"But as he gets older you do get nervous because of hips and bones," said St. Amant. "I was very, very, very nervous."

His bike wasn't so lucky. It was smashed like a soda can, according to Webb. But shortly after hearing of the car accident, "The Rude Awakening" radio morning show raised $678 in just 47 minutes, for Webb. That was enough to buy Webb a new electric bike, a back-up battery, lights and a basket to go on the front of the bike, according to Mike Beatty, of Ocean City. 

"We got to get Norman a new bike because he travels around all the time with a bike," said Beatty, who's also known as DJ Batman of Ocean 98. "It was an electric bike and he's getting up in years, and it's hard for him to pedal around as much as before."

Beatty and his radio crew rallied some folks together to get the 'Boardwalk Elvis' on a new set of wheels.

"When you think of the boardwalk, you think of Thrasher's french fries, Fisher's Popcorn and you think of 'Boardwalk Elvis'," said Beatty.

Webb is getting up in age. But he says he's not ready to call it quits.

"I say I am never too old to ride a bicycle," said Webb.

His fans aren't ready for him to throw in the towel.

"He'll be back on the road before you know it," said St. Amant.

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