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.