While chatting on her cell phone & driving late last night, Suzy was distracted. She failed to stop at the stop sign.
The next thing she knew, was she hit something & her windshield was shattered.
She did not notice the bike rider in the bike lane with his lights on.
The bicyclist saw it coming as she blazed out in front of him, making a left turn- he knew he was about to get hit by a car.
He was wearing a helmet, & a heavy backpack, full of college books and a laptop computer.
The car struck him & the bike. He flipped backwards off the bike and landed on his back.
The thick backpack prevented his helmet protected head from ever hitting the ground, but his lower spine, tail bone, slammed into the pavement.
Here are photos of the bike:
The handle bars are not turned, thisshould be thestraight front view of the bike.
The bicyclist, is my 19 year old son.
When the Officer finished the accident report, I took him to the Emergency room to be checked out. There the Doctor said *if* his tailbone was broken, there was nothing they could do about it anyway, but to let it heal. His pain level was not indicitave of a break & after examination, the Doctor opted to not do an X ray.
The bike is toast. My son has scrapes and bruises, and white car paint marks on his work pants.
After we returned home, wired, tired at 2 am, It really sank in -- his bike took the hit & not him.
Thank God it is his bike that is all mangled and NOT his body. Bikes can be replaced- and I fully expect her insurance company to replace it- it was a nice mountain bike. They will be given the ER & any Doctor's bills to pay as well.
But by the grace of god, he is OK. I will drive him to his 10 am College class this morning, so he did not have to ride the bus.
But I am realizing how VERY fortunate he is to have walked away from this.
* The name was changed to protect the guilty, who was ticketed for being at fault & failing to yeild.
Talk ain't cheap when you are chatting on your cell phone, driving a vehicle & not paying attention to the road & or bicyclists.