I've posted this in the Commuting forum already but I figured to share here too.
(Sorry, long read)
I became a statistic last Wednesday.
It was really windy here in the bay area and I was dealing with some really strong head wind as I headed north on Sunnyvale/Saratoga around 1130 am. The last thing I remember was looking at my computer and thinking "Man, its windy and I am going so slow." This street is mainly downhill northbound but I was only going 14 mph.
I looked up then I kinda remember falling. It still feels more like a dream up to this day. Then I must have blacked out on impact because I don't remember it. When I came to there were voices telling me to stay down and not get up. Must have passed out again because when I opened my eyes I was in an ambulance while they placed an IV on my arm. I was asked some questions "What month is it?", "What day?" "What time?" and I didn't know the anwer any of them. Passed out.
When I came to again I was inside a CT scanner and must have passed out again cuz the next thing I know I was on a bed in the ER with a neck brace.
I have an abrasion on my left cheek about an inch long and half an inch wide and some scratches on my fingers. My knees were saved by my leg warmers because all I got are major scrapes but no loss of flesh. The back of my helmet was smashed and I was told that I was lucky to have had it on. Otherwise I will be suffering more than just a concussion.
My wife told me that there was only one witness and he/she told the police that responded that it happened so quickly and I must have rolled on the ground at least 3 times before stopping. When I spoke to the police the next day he asked if I remembered anything like getting hit by a car, running over something, anything? I said, "No." He then told me that as he investigated the area he noticed a crushed pine cone behind where I crashed.
I'm still not sure to this day exactly what happened but I'm pretty sure now that a pine cone did me in