Last night a group of "A" riders were out for one of their weekday rides. There were about 50 of them. Our friend Theo was toward the back, pumping hard to catch back up. An SUV turned in front of him. He hit the back quarter panel of the car and his head(helmeted,luckily) went through the side window of the car. He cut a branch of the carotid artery and has several facial lacerations. He lost alot of blood and they were not sure he would live on the three minute ride to the hospital. They worked for 6 hours to stabilize him. As of 3am Tuesday he was stable. The doctors do not think there was any neurological or spinal damage, but it is too soon to tell. They are keeping him paralyzed and unconscience with meds. We've been praying all day.
I'm relaying this to all my BF buddies because I want you all to remember that we are riding for fun and fitness. Please be careful. Theo is a 26 year old guy with a heart of gold. I am beside myself. He is 13 years my Junior but so encouraging when we ride together. He always waits for my slow a**. Riding next to me laughing and talking and urging me on. I've attended every race he's ridden in, cheerleading and screaming to get the extra lap out of those legs. In his effort to catch the pack he was riding with his head down, pumping hard. I was told that there was no way for him to avoid the collision, even if he were looking up.
Be extra dilligent. Keep your wits about you. Keep your eyes open and UP. Be alert. Be aware. Remember, it's your Life we're talking about here.