A Time to Ponder and be Thankful

Cracked HelmetIts taken me 3 months to be able to type well and come to grips with my situation.

My helmet was deformed into the shape in the photo at about 8:35 AM on Sunday, December 30, 2012.

I was riding my road bike by myself on route 101 south near GSP airport. I was bundled up; it was 27F and a beautiful December morning.

The next thing I remember I am looking straight up into the blue sky and sun and a silhouetted figure is standing over me in a heavy German accent saying "the ambulance is coming, is there someone I could call?

After reflexively giving him my wife's name and cell number, I began to realize what was going on around me as I began to try to move and the pain set in.

A police officer appeared and said "you've been hit by a car, please try not to move." I later learned that the driver fled the scene after stopping and finding me unconscious, perhaps presuming the worst.

So now I am almost halfway back into my recovery from multiple broken bones, a concussion and a dislocated left elbow. I ponder.

A Time to Ponder

The police told me if I wanted to catch the guy the incident needed exposure. I am fortunate enough to call Amy Wood a friend. Within 24 hours of me contacting her, a crew made the video you see here.

The reality is that they haven't caught the guy and never well. Why would someone do such an incredibly horrendous act? I ponder.

Well as much as I love my new home of South Carolina, we dont promote highway safety very well with our legislation. Vehicle inspection? Not so much. I heard a statistic that said that 1 in 7 US motorists were uninsured. Perhaps this could make him flee? Believe it or not, only 14 states have FEWER uninsured motorists than SC.

Drunk? Looking at DUI arrests per capita, I dont know.

I guess I never will know why he left. I ponder.

A Time to Be Thankful

Well, Thanksgiving doesn't come for a while but at the same time I had a horrowing experience, I am thankful for many things.

First, I am thankful to be alive. Statistics reported by the Palmetto Cycling Coalition reveal its much less safe to cycle in SC than the national average. 

Dead duck

A benchmarking report states that "South Carolina is the second most dangerous state in the nation for bicycling with 13.5 deaths per 10,000 bicyclists", Yep, happy to be alive.and will be calling the PCC to see how I can help!

But beyond that I am thankful that I still have my health, my family and my friends, some of whom may be reading this!

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2 Responses to A Time to Ponder and be Thankful

  1. Barry, I am so terribly sorry to hear of your accident and the heartless individual who caused it. Very glad that you could speak up to help save other lives. I wish you a full recovery and the data to convince you Route 101 is safer as a result of speaking out.

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