On August 7, 2005 while riding on a quiet country road here in Wisconsin I was run down by an SUV going an estimated 50mph (limit was 35), the driver did not stop and left me for dead. I do not remember anything of the crash, but fortunately it was seen by two witnesses who called 911 and saved my life. My helmet was destroyed and has tire marks on the side. Fortunately for me I was thrown into a farmers field which gave me cuts from head to toe, I didn't hit anything solid. I spent 5 days in the hospital with a broken pelvis and lacerated bladder. During the last day in the hospital it was discovered that I was developing a rash all over my body ... poison ivy ... head to toe ! UGH. That was miserable, but I was alive. A week later, I developed fevers, peaking 103 F in the wee hours one night ... we called 911 and I spent another week in the hospital with fevers of 104.1F for 24 hours ... I developed numerous infections including a staph infection of my blood which could have done me in if not for the excellent medical care I received.
I'm now 37 days out from the crash. I'm still walking with a walker, but it's getting better. I'm still peeing through a tube in my bladder, but have not had to have any surgery to fix my bladder yet. I'm still receiving IV antibiotics at home and will for 2 more weeks.
I'm alive and very grateful.
The big question ... will I ever ride the bike again?
I'm 45 years old and have been riding since I was a kid. I spent 12 years racing in the USCF and am quite confident in my abilities to control myself on a bicycle.
But what about the drivers on the road? Speeding - talking on cell phones - not paying attention - etc.
I remember nothing of the accident. All I know is that it was a flat, straight road on a sunny sunday afternoon that had more cows and corn than cars. I'm 6'5", 200 lbs, and was wearing bright clothing.
I love cycling, I put on 3,000 to 5,000 miles on per year and I love to go to bike races and watch, but this may be it for me.
After getting mowed down from behind and left for dead ... I can't trust any drivers out there anymore.