Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > > >

Northeast Connecticut | District of Columbia | Delaware | Maine | Maryland | Massachusetts | New Hampshire | New Jersey | New York | Pennsylvania | Rhode Island | Vermont | West Virginia

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-07-10, 05:07 AM   #1
cmolway
on a road near you...
Thread Starter
 
cmolway's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Metro Boston, MA
Bikes:
Posts: 460
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
"Car Vs. Bike" incident this week

Well wouldn't you know it, the day that I passed 1K miles on the road for 2010 I got taken out by an idiot driver.

A SUV tried to beat me to an exit at the Wakefield Rt-129 rotary in Wakefield, MA. I took the lane and she stupidly thought it was not worth the 1/10 of a second for me to continue on. I was doing probably 23+mph, which apparently wasn’t fast enough, when she gunned the engine and crossed in front of me from inside the rotary, bouncing me off her passenger door as she exited.

To add insult to injury, she got out of her car (while I was literally bleeding in the street) to berate me for being on her road before getting back in her SUV and taking off. Luckily a good Samaritan got her plate number before she did (she was criminally charged and her car seized later that day). I was backboarded in the street by EMS and spent the next few hours getting checked out at the local hospital. Not sure when I'll get back on the bike again. Not because I am shaken up, but b/c I can barely get around at this point without a little help from Mr. Vicadin.

The most ironic point of this story? May is bicycle awareness month. I just hope I can get back on the bike before it's over.
cmolway is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-10, 06:54 AM   #2
Amoxicillin
Waiting to commute...
 
Amoxicillin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Basel, Switzerland
Bikes: Number of bikes changing ...
Posts: 137
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Wow! Thank god you didn't end up under the SUV :s All the best for your recovery!
Some fool bumped my rear wheel last year...
Amoxicillin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-10, 03:47 PM   #3
Baftap
Riding my bike
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Bi-Coastal Bays (Boston & SF)
Bikes: Giant TCR C2 / Bianchi "beater"
Posts: 167
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Sorry about your accident. And today was such a great day for riding in this area too!

But, its great that someone got her plate number and even better that you're feeling well enough to post!
Rest up and be well soon.
Baftap is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-10, 03:30 AM   #4
FrankieV
Senior Member
 
FrankieV's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY
Bikes: 2010 Specialized Roubaix Expert, 2007 Specialized Sequoia Elte
Posts: 462
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Heal quick and make the ***** pay!!!!
FrankieV is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-10, 12:41 PM   #5
sherbornpeddler
Senior Member
 
sherbornpeddler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: New England
Bikes: 3 speeds, mountain, road and recumbent
Posts: 1,327
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Accidents happen, humans make bad decisions now and then but why did the driver berate you and think about leaving? What makes someone so low?
sherbornpeddler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-10, 05:34 PM   #6
Brontide
DON'T PANIC!
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Capital District, NY
Bikes: Fuji Absolute 3.0
Posts: 497
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by thompsonpost View Post
Accidents don't just happen. Non attention is the only cause. They don't just spring out of the ground or the air.
I don't think sherbornpeddler meant it that way. The fact that the driver not only had the accident, but then had the nerve to accost the victim and then drive off is lower than low.
Brontide is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-10, 11:16 PM   #7
tomg
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: south jersey
Bikes:
Posts: 1,206
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
good to hear that you are healing!
stay strong, get a good lawyer, and don't go out and ride while on +/- 5 days with mr Vicadin.
i've been in simular shoes, but was not able to ride for about 1.5 year after bicycle vs buick tango....
keep your positive views and hope you're back out there riding soon!
t
tomg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-10, 10:22 AM   #8
CPFITNESS
Banned
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: NYC
Bikes: Giant Rapid 3
Posts: 582
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
fortunately your okay. Take your time, I got wiped out a couple months ago and thought I was pretty much fine. Of course the next day my neck and back were stiff as all hell and i could barely move. It lingered on for a week or two but fortunately I was alright.

Honestly, as a new cyclist thats only been riding since February, I'm convinced that many people think Bikes aren't allowed on streets or to "take the lane" I can't tell you how many times i'm in a similar situation, going 25 mph in NYC where the speed limit in the city is 30 everywhere and I get someone honking at me as if idon't belong there. Most of the time I don't ride in the middle of the lane, there is usually a reason like close to the lane is all beat up or I can see that the car in front of me is about to make a turn that will cut me off. regardless Its been an eyeopening experience to see peoples lack of regard for cyclists. We do have some bike messengers here that ride a bit crazy but other than that, most cyclists are obeying the law.
CPFITNESS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-10, 05:15 AM   #9
cmolway
on a road near you...
Thread Starter
 
cmolway's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Metro Boston, MA
Bikes:
Posts: 460
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
yeah no idea why the woman got out and simply yelled at me. Glad she did in the end though. Otherwise she would have driven off before someone got her plate number. Leaving the scene just show a lack of basic decency towards another person. I'm just not sure why she thought that getting back in her car and driving away was the best option, or that her decision to do so was not going to make thing much, much worse for her.

Six days later and I was able to swing my legs out of bed w/o having to psych myself up over the pain of doing so. So there's hope that there won't being any lingering pain to keep me off the road. I'm in fairly good shape but I don't bounce back the way I did when I was in my 20's. All I want is to get my bike fixed and be able to get back out there. I was planning on riding the CRW spring century this Sunday but that's pretty much out of the question now.
cmolway is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-10, 07:45 AM   #10
sherbornpeddler
Senior Member
 
sherbornpeddler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: New England
Bikes: 3 speeds, mountain, road and recumbent
Posts: 1,327
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Cmolway, I admire your focus on getting back on the road. Positive vision is healthier and faster than revenge. Perpetrators do deserve justice and examples can deter others. Is your pain and the even worse bus-bicycle death part of a bigger picture, a trend to something better or worse or more of the same?
Our Mayor and Bike Czar hold meetings on bike safety. The Globe is investing attention in the news. These are good things. Cars and bikes learning to co-exist is a slow, tedious, slow and long-time-coming process to a bike friendly city. Knowing the cause may speed up the process and avoid some painful accidents. Cmolway's story and other stories in these forums and in the news helps.
Speaking generically, I doubt most accidents like this are intentional. What goes on in the driver's head to cause the poor judgment? What goes on in their heads to react that way afterwards?
What are we thinking when we are in large pelotons and don’t move to single file? We stack up cars behind us and act like pros in the Tour de France on cordoned off roads when we’re really weekend spandex-ers treating cars like the enemy. I don’t know what goes on in our heads either.
What can we do to accelerate mutual awareness and acceptance without poor cmolway getting wacked again?
sherbornpeddler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-10, 06:11 PM   #11
professorbob
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 677
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I sincerely hope that I never hit anyone with my car. But it could happen. The big problem is not that she hit you-made a split second wrong decision-but her attitude afterward and especially leaving the scene. That is what she should be punished for.
professorbob is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:22 PM.