I want to pass along some very sad and disturbing news regarding fellow Gyro Cliff Swanson, and ask that all of us keep him in our prayers.
Cliff and his wife Wendy were out cycling today along Carpenter Pond road with Cliff at the front and Wendy on his wheel in traditional formation when a lady hit Wendy from behind and threw her onto the high grass on the side of the road. Cliff mentioned that things were going along just fine when he heard the horrible sound of Wendy getting hit. He stated that the car grazed him and did not appear to brake at all.
My wife Grace and I happened to be cycling along that same route when we came up on Cliff holding his wife, and we immediately offered our assistance. Her mangled back tire was clear evidence that she was hit pretty hard from behind.
Wendy has been taken to Duke hospital with a head injury and she will be receiving a CT scan to ascertain the degree of her injuries. I spoke with Cliff a little bit ago and Wendy will be going into ICU, and we really need to pray for the best possible results of her CT scan.
This hits very, very close to home with all of us. There is absolutely nothing that Wendy could have done and it scares the hell out of me to think how vulnerable we all are out there. Grace and I were in the same formation on the same stretch of road only a few mintues behind Wendy and Cliff.
I am not in a position to offer suggestions on how to handle this, but my guess is at this point Cliff would want to keep things among his closest friends and family. I did ask him it was ok if I let his fellow Gyros know what has happened up to this point and he said that this was ok.
Our sincerest prayers and belief in God's good grace go out to Cliff and Wendy,