NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – When he was just 9 year old Ryan Boyle was involved in a horrific accident that left him with permanent brain damage. He shares his story from tragedy to triumph by winning a silver medal from the Paralympics in Rio.

Ryan Boyle is many things including a Connecticut native, para-cyclist, author, and now a silver medalist.  Ryan was hit by a truck that hit him in the back of his head. The accident forced brain surgeons to remove a large part of his cerebellum which left him with permanent brain damage.

Ryan rode a trike as a para-cyclist in this year’s Olympic Games.  Para-cyclist could have disabilities ranging from an amputation to a quadriplegic without the use of their legs.  He plans on heading to the 2020 Olympics as well.

Learn more about Ryan’s story from his book “When the Lights Go Out,” which can be found at or head to his website