50+ Cyclist and Good Friend Hit by a Truck
Darn, darn, darn............
One of fellows I ride with the most and "train" with was hit by a truck Friday while out riding solo. He is in the hospital with serious injuries to his left hip, knee, lower leg and hand.
The truck was coming in the oncoming direction on a two lane road and turned left right into him while attempting to turn onto a side street. The truck driver said he was worried about a vehicle that was tailgating him and was trying to get off the road quickly and didn't see my riding buddy. My buddy didn't see the truck until it was on top of him. My buddy indicated that if someone had been on his wheel they probably would not have survived. On the other hand had there been two riders maybe the driver would have seen the two of them???
This happened on a rural road, a long straight stretch with very light traffic and in literally as good a cycling area as you could find.
My buddy called me from the hospital and was really out of it as you might expect from the pain medication and lack of sleep -but we were able to talk briefly. His wife is disabled plus he has his own business where he has several projects that are at a very critcal point that need action. I reassured him we'd do what we could to help him and his wife out.
I've picked up his bike and will take it to the LBS for "processing". There might be a few parts salvageable but not a lot......
Darn, darn, darn............this one is really is way, way too close to home.