Here's the story.
I was heading home after my usual ride on the Withlacoochee Trail. Headed home (westbound) on the County Trail that runs along CR486 between Hernando and Crystal River. I was crossing Essex Rd with a green light and "Walk" signal and some bozo (seems he is also a cyclist) decided to make a right on red without looking to see what was in front of him or looking to the right. Looked left only for any oncoming traffic. He hit me at probably 5-10 mph (he slowed to make the turn). The car hit me on the left side. I was in the middle of the intersection when he hit me. Had he been watching he would have seen me in plenty of time to stop and then made the turn after I was across the intersection. What's "funny" is he said the same thing happened to him last week in Crystal River, only he didn't get hurt. Down I went on my right side. The rim on the front wheel broke, the right shifter was pushed sideways toward the stem, the fork is bent, and my body is in PAIN. My helmet saved my head but not my face. Minor scrape on my right hand and right leg and bad scrape on my left inner thigh (from the saddle?) but my face is a MESS!! Since I'm taking Plavix because of the stent that was put in my LAD last April I started bleeding like a stuck pig. The guy called the police and I called my wife. I was only 2+ miles from home. Not sure how or why my phone still works. I glass is all cracked. It flew off the Topeak mount on my handlebar but the ROX 5.0 computer stayed on the handlebar. German engineering??
Not sure what else is broken or bent or damaged. My wife took the bike to the bike shop yesterday and they'll call with an estimate for the other guys insurance.
The driver said he had a green light and I said I had a green light and the "walk" signal was on so it was his word against mine so he didn't get a ticket. Rotten lying piece of $h!t.
After the police finished my wife took me to the ER. They did a CT of my head and neck and only found a small fracture in my lower right facial bone (sinus cavity). They cleaned up my face and gave me some pain meds and sent me home after 4 hours. I couldn't lie in the bed to sleep that night so "slept" in the recliner. I finally fell asleep about 5AM and the sun woke me up at 7:30AM.
Went to the Maxilio-facial doc yesterday to see it the fracture would need surgery. He said no but I cant blow my nose for a couple of weeks (pressure on the sinus area) and if I sneeze to make sure my mouth is wide open.
The facial doc is a cyclist (posters all over the office) and so is his practice partner. It was the partner saw me yesterday. He said he too had an accident on Labor Day about an hour before mine. His was about a block from where I had mine. He hit some gravel and went down. Both of his elbows were bandaged.
Anyway, the ER doc and the facial doc said no riding for about 3-4 weeks. I hope I'lll be able to do the Withlacoochee Rails to Trails ride. After not riding for 3-4 weeks I may have to limit my mileage to riding from Inverness to Nobleton or Istachatta and back.
I'm living on soup, yogurt, rice pudding, scrambled eggs and juice. I tried a piece of soft bread last night, torn into small pieces.
Here are a few lovely shots of me. The first is in the ER after they cleaned me up a little. The second is from this morning. Not much better.