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Close Call In Columbus

If you’ve been riding long enough, you’ve had a close call with a car if not worse. Saturday night was my night for a close call, thought it was significantly closer for some others, as a group I was riding with in Columbus OH was hit from behind at speed. Two riders took the brunt of the impact as the car swerved at just the last second to not take out our entire tightly packed group, and I’m happy to report that each is doing well after some scary moments roadside and a night or two in the hospital for observation. Beat up, but given that at least one of the riders was blown out of their shoes upon impact amazing that a broken collarbone and a “slight” concussion is the worst of the injuries between the two. Perhaps predictably the driver sped off, leaving parts of the car all over the road. According to this brief news report on the incident, when found on the other side of town the driver was well over the legal limit, and had bicycle parts stuck in the front of the car. There were a number of blinkie lights between us and we were all riding as a group in the right lane of a road on a designated bike route with a second empty lane for passing, along with a center turning lane and no traffic whatsoever. Ride safe—even though there is nothing (besides not riding) that we could have done to prevent this particular incident, the mantra is still worth repeating. More images and a few more details of the incident at my personal photo blog, www.randomprecisionphoto.com.

8 Comments

  1. TerryJanuary 10, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Ouch! Very glad to hear all are okay or on the road to recovery.

    But broken bones and concussions suck no matter how “slight.”

  2. scott sJanuary 10, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    DAMN! So glad to hear most of you made it through unscathed.

  3. JoeJanuary 10, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Sounds like a nightmare. I’m sure I echo the sentiments of everyone who reads this by saying I’m glad there weren’t any more severe injuries. Keep riding.

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    [...] Close Call In Columbus By Brad                        Urbanvelo.org If you’ve been riding long enough, you’ve had a close call with a car if not worse. Saturday night was my night for a close call, thought it was significantly closer for some others, as a group I was riding with in Columbus OH was hit from behind at speed. Two riders took the brunt of the impact as the car swerved at just the last second to not take out our entire tightly packed group, and I’m happy to report that each is doing well after some scary moments roadside and a night or two in the hospital for observation. Beat up, but given that at least one of the riders was blown out of their shoes upon impact amazing that a broken collarbone and a “slight” concussion is the worst of the injuries between the… [...]

  5. PatJanuary 11, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Same thing happened to me about 3 years ago in Columbus, except i was riding alone. They never caught the person that hit me, but luckly i escapted with only a broken collar bone and some broken ribs. Stay safe.

  6. Joe PeraltaJanuary 12, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Congrats on your good luck.

    Caught an excellent article on pros managing risk from the BBC this morning –

    The article is here –
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-16351127

  7. Joe PeraltaJanuary 12, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    And here’s the quote that got htmled out –

    Richard Fenning, the chief executive of Control Risks, a global risk consultancy that helps organisations that work in complex and hostile environments, agrees that transport is the major threat: “The reality is – even in the most dangerous countries in the world – the biggest danger comes to you from a road traffic accident.”

  8. ChopsJanuary 15, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    So glad to hear no one was SERIOUSLY hurt. I got t-boned by a bone-head in a pick-up truck back in April. I had been training hard for my last shot at getting to the Olympic trials in Co, so when he hit me, my leg broke his head light and grill. However, I was unable to put such a beating on the asphalt when I landed and my right hand was broken off at the wrist. Thank my lucky stars for awesome medical attention (fully functional wrist once again)

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