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Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Metro Boston, MA
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"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.