Don't you just hate those??
My brother is 12 years younger than me and also rides. He was out with a group of 5 others this morning and it started to rain. He took a right turn at a very moderate speed (about 15 mph) and radius but still went down-hitting his right hip very hard. There wasn't any gravel or sand on the road and he did not hit the striping. We haven't had any rain in a while so he figures the asphalt was just slick from accumulated stuff.
He had broken the same hip about 5 years ago when he was hit by a car while out riding. He still sports 2-3 screws in the femur and has a slight limp from that episode.
He got back on the bike after crashing this morning and rode a good while until the hip began to seize up. He said it swelled as large as a soccer ball and decided it best to just stop riding. He is single and I live about 40 minutes away-so he called a cycling friend to come out and pick him up and take him to the ER. Needless to say he was very concerned he had rebroken the hip.
Fortunately he supposedly just has a very sore and very, very bruised hip. Tomorrow will most likely be even worse. He's going to have his Orthopedic Surgeon review the xrays tomorrow just to make sure there wasn't any other damage.
On the plus side, the xrays did not show any signs of deterioration of the ball of the femur which he has continued to be worried about (loss of blood flow like Floyd Landis' injury).
He had also just put a brand new tire on the rear wheel. It was a different brand than he normally uses and thinks the new tire just didn't have much stickiness to it-felt more like a hard plastic......
I'm guessing he'll go back to the brand of tires he's always used before??