Please read this one. And then share it with everyone you know.
It had been a busy few days, and I woke up tired yesterday morning. Yes, I woke up tired. So, when a friend sent me a text asking if we wanted to go out on the motorcycle for the day, I turned him down. I wasn’t feeling alert, and being alert is a huge must when riding. We went about our day and did some things around the house. Later on, we went out to get some stuff for the garden. We were walking around the nursery I hear a text alert from Rose‘s phone. Rose then said to me “Oh my God, (friend’s name) has been in a motorcycle accident.
We hopped in the car and headed for the hospital to see him and comfort his girlfriend. We got there and were allowed to go in and see him. He was in a lot of pain but his injuries were not life threatening. Here’s what he told me:
He was riding by the lake just past The Mill and a lady in a minivan was sitting on the side of the road by the lake. She apparently decided to do a u-turn across the road without looking in her mirrors. He locked up the brakes and laid the bike down and hoped for the best. He said he hit the bumper of the car. He was pretty heavily medicated by this point, so I don’t know if it was the front or the rear bumper.
The accident left a him with a huge gash across his knee, a compound fracture and a chunk of bone out of his foot. He went into surgery and we waited around for him to be out, so we could make sure he was in the clear. He was, but they had to amputate all of his toes (on the right foot) and part of his foot (right). I am both saddened and angered as I type this. Someone couldn’t be bothered to look in their mirrors, and now he has to live with this for the rest of his life. The road by the lake is a major highway with four lanes and a turn lane in the middle. Why would you do a u-turn across that road?
And then there are the what-ifs…
- What if we had gone with him? Would we have been in the same accident?
- If I was on the Harley, would they have heard us?
- What if he just stopped for five minutes, even to get gas?
- What if his girlfriend had been on the bike with him?
- What if he was going just a little bit faster? Would he have made it past her?
But, all the what-ifs in the world wont change what has happened. The only good thing I can say is that he is still alive. And for that, we are very grateful. Please, please, please – Look twice and save a life. Motorcycles are everywhere. This didn’t have to happen.
See ya soon.