Today we were riding with a young man that has had a lot of struggles in life. A few years ago he had brain cancer and was given treatments at City of Hope. The steroids cause him to balloon up and once they slowed and stopped the cancer he struggled to lose weight. All before he was 19. He discovered cycling and lost weight rather quickly with the removal of the Steroids. He has had other medical problems he has had to deal with and he has taken it like a man. In the last two years, he is now 21 he has been training to get into racing and some of our group that races have even helped him train. He has saved and for his last birthday he got a Giant CF TCR 1 but was off the bike for a week with water on the knee. Today he was riding with us and as we came to a Freeway over pass a pickup truck pulled up next to him and the mirror knocked him off the bike. The truck almost took out the rider behind him as well but that rider managed to stay up.
The sadness is the driver felt he only had two choices. He could either get in the left land to pass an then have to cut back in front of us to get on the freeway or try to squeeze by because he couldn't wait for 30 yards to get to the light at the onramp. The drivers wife even said she tried to warm him he was too close. But the sad part is the driver never even thought to put his foot on the break and slow down till it was safe to pass. He even gave out a bad phone number, however the police did arrive and have both his vehicle license number and his Drivers License number.
Sorry to bum any out but this just made me sad. The young man will be fine, missing skin and a strawberry on his bottom but he will be set back again on his goal. I just don't get what people are thinking.