Friends and family are the most important part of healing. They, and the dream of getting back on the bike pulled me through two battles with "the crab".
The dangers of our sport are well known and the most unerving are those posed by automobiles and their often incompetent operators.
I was considering posting this news on the commuter thread, but haven't been able to put it together. Tuesday morning I got a call telling me that a rider had been seriously injured at an intersection. The caller told me they had passed by just after the incident. The ambulance was just pulling away and there was a helmet and much blood at the scene. I later found out that another aquaintance was first on the scene.
The rider was young --21 -- and had sustained serious head injuries, in spite of the helmet.
Police are now looking for a white pickup that left the scene and who, witnesses say, crossed two lanes to turn right, cutting off the cyclist, who swerved to avoid contact and was mowed down by an oncoming (?) car.
There was much discussion among our Wednesday group as the morning newspaper reported the young cyclist in critical condition.
Last week, (as I noted here) a white pickup did the same to me and I barely escaped being pulled under its rear wheel. The driver seemed completely unaware of my presence, even as I hammered on his rear fender. Hmmmm! Do we have a rogue pickup driver in our midst?
Last edited by Randochap; 12-04-08 at 09:53 PM.