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Old 08-19-08, 06:09 PM   #1
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Brain Trauma on the Brooklyn Bridge

On this beautiful sunny summer day a kid sustained severe head trauma while riding over the Brooklyn Bridge. I came upon the scene where he was sitting there slumped over in a daze with a gash to his forehead and chin. I gathered that he endo'd and face planted trying to avoid a pedestrian. He was responsive initially to loud verbal prompting. As the wait continued for emergency services he began to shiver violently. He lost consciousness and could no longer be roused, not verbally, not with painful stimuli. His vitals were correspondingly ominous, suggestive of severe intracranial pressure.

As EMT carted him off on the straight board, I squeezed the shoulder and said a rare prayer for this kid about 19-21, thin as a rail, Williamsburg hipster type.

I made sure the cops took his personal belongings and of course the bike which was a vintage Schwinn converted to single speed/fixed. The bike was in great shape, no damage at all in fact. I wonder if the the same thing might have been said about him if there had been a helmet on his head.
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Old 08-19-08, 06:14 PM   #2
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oh man thats scary. i hope hes alright. i rarely ride over that bridge due to pedestrian traffic and it being wooden planks.
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Old 08-19-08, 06:15 PM   #3
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that's terribly unfortunate.
did he have a brake?
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Old 08-19-08, 06:18 PM   #4
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Woah, that's pretty much a description of me (except I ride Raleigh) and I'm sure a whole bunch of people that will be reading this..

I'm taking this as a serious warning, I mean it's better to be 5 minutes late than 50 years too early..

Now to find a suitable Hair-met..

I'd love to see how this guy gets/got on I know this will be on my mind!
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Old 08-19-08, 06:25 PM   #5
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That's really sad to hear. the pedestrians are absolutely terrible on the Brooklyn Bridge -- I try to take the Manhattan as much as possible. I hope the kid turns out OK.
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Old 08-19-08, 06:29 PM   #6
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Riding on that bridge is a nightmare. It is filled with carefree tourists...they walk around in a daze and do not realize that people are riding in the next lane. I used to run along the bridge and would constant run into people...now opt for the Manhattan Bridge which is empty compared to the Brooklyn Bridge.
I hope that guy is OK.
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This is why I wear a helmet. Wearing one is a lot more fashionable than head injuries. Sadly most people don't learn this until they do get in an accident, my self included...
My condolences go out to this kid, I hope he recovers, gets back on that bike, and wears a helmet.

Also, note to self, take the Manhattan bridge.
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I like to keep the helmet debate a personal one, I know what I do and it's up to someone else to control their own safety. For what it's worth though, I went over the side of my bike headfirst into the pavement a few months back and my helmet took all the impact. Aside from a severely sore neck I walked away from it though, so I'm glad that I personally wear one.
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I like to keep the helmet debate a personal one, I know what I do and it's up to someone else to control their own safety. For what it's worth though, I went over the side of my bike headfirst into the pavement a few months back and my helmet took all the impact. Aside from a severely sore neck I walked away from it though, so I'm glad that I personally wear one.
I'm in agreement with you. However, personally one might choose to advocate the use of a helmet. Based on this incident as well as some other experiences of my own and as a witness/responder, I will tend to suggest the use of a helmet. I was on my way to meeting a friend when I came upon the scene on the bridge. After, I met her and took her helmet shopping prior to the planned ride!
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I think I'm going to take the advice here (and that of my wife) & start wearing my helmet again.
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crossing on the BB, I guess he'd be more considered a carroll gardens type, not that it matters much now anyway.
I'm on that bridge every day and still prefer it to the MB path. too many riders there.
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Old 08-20-08, 01:48 PM   #12
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come back baby

well..........I stopped riding fixed--- I am single speed with front brake---- I never down my head-- and I expect to get hit every time I am on my bike-- I can't preach-- I am a courier in LA-- with cell phones and mirrors everywhere-- I feel like the last monkey on earth...... be careful out there--- maybe save those track bikes for the track--- helmets no good if you snap your neck!
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Yeah, except if that kid doesn't have insurance, then you and I are paying his medical bills, which are likely to be huge. Helmets should be mandatory.
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Old 08-20-08, 10:23 PM   #14
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I hope this kid is ok. Bad news.
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damn, brooklyn bridge is that bad?? good thing i take the williamsburg, rarely any foot traffic. btw im new, Hi!
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Yeah, except if that kid doesn't have insurance, then you and I are paying his medical bills, which are likely to be huge. Helmets should be mandatory.
Who cares! He's a ****ing person dude! I hope he doesnt have insurance that way I know some of your hard earned money was spent taking care of him!
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I'm in agreement with you. However, personally one might choose to advocate the use of a helmet. Based on this incident as well as some other experiences of my own and as a witness/responder, I will tend to suggest the use of a helmet. I was on my way to meeting a friend when I came upon the scene on the bridge. After, I met her and took her helmet shopping prior to the planned ride!
I just recently bought a helmet after I fell while waiting at a red light! I was going in a circle very slowly and my front tire got caught in a crack in the street....KABLAM! my elbow and head whacked into the street! I figured if it hurt that much when I was barely moving I couldnt imagine what it would feel like if I hit my head while I was going full speed! Bought a helmet that afternoon
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Who cares! He's a ****ing person dude! I hope he doesnt have insurance that way I know some of your hard earned money was spent taking care of him!
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I figured if it hurt that much when I was barely moving I couldnt imagine what it would feel like if I hit my head while I was going full speed!
You don't feel it until way later. If at all.
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<<yours truly spent the night in the E.R.
Was riding along West Street last night, Runner (with Ipod blasting)on left side of the lane decided to cross over to the other side (not sure where he was going) - I couldn't stop in time. My shoulder and his face were introduced to each other...then my other shoulder, elbow, hip and head were re-introduced to the asphalt. (we hadn't seen each other in a long while). He walked away with a bloody knee. I took me a long time before I could get up. I wasn't too far from home and still in shock - I rode the bike home in pain and took a cab to the hospital. I am banged up, can barely move my upper body. (x-rays show no breaks or fractures).
I had a taillight, a super bright annoying front light, front brake, and most importantly...a helmet!
As my head smacked the ground last night, I was extremely happy that I was wearing it.
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Damn, glad you're ok.
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Damn -- unfortunately lights and brake can't prevent others (the runner) from being idiots. Glad to hear it's nothing super serious.
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Thanks guys. Truth is that there is just too much going on in those paths...bikes, runners, bladers, tourists, strollers, horses, etc... These accidents happen all day long. I think I'll stick to the street in the future.
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i hate riding the bk bridge, tourists barely give a **** or know about the bike lane, one time i screamed at a tourist who almost pee'd her pants.
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i was booking back into manhattan over the bk bridge a few weeks ago and hit a tourist who leaped into my lane for a photo op. i took her out, flew a few feet and landed on a mexican delivery boy. bike was fine, i had a few scratches.

"i'm sorry! it was an accident!" - "you're sorry? i'm sorry you decided to visit this city"
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