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.