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You don't think this can happen but it does. You just can't make this stuff up.

I have a friend who was working in her front yard yesterday. A guy on a bike was racing down the street and lost control. The bike started sliding, hit the curb and flew up and hit her. She is now at the hospital with two broken legs and a broken collar bone.(I know could have been worse) Her and her husband ride and are very careful when they ride. This goes to show you that anything can AND WILL happen. She is being released tomorrow and is looking at 8 weeks of recovery.

I don't have any details yet on the guy except he lives about a block away.
 

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Sorry to hear about your friend. Prayers and thoughts for her and her family. Yes strange things can happen. I still remember an accident from several years ago where two auto's collided. The drivers had minor injuries, but an 11 year old boy who was walking down the sidewalk 200 foot from the crash site was killed when one of the gas tanks from the impact broke loose, flew the entire distance and hit him squarely killing him at the scene. Sad and strange at the same time.
 

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So tragic, G..I do hope she heals well and everything gets back to normal sooner than later for her and her family.

For the rider, hopefully this accident will cause a great sense of sobriety to prevail every time he decides to ride from this point on and that anyone he has influence over will learn from this accident, as well.

Keep us posted on her recovery.. :good:
 

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Don't know if I should laugh or cry.

Prayers regardless..
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She was released tonight. She didn't need any surgery. Recovery will be slow. I'll find out more on the bike rider.

I know Smed, This is why I don't do yard work.(I know, I know):crying2:
 

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Our house is two houses away from an intersection that used to be the Bermuda Triangle of automobile accidents! Its calmed down now after a traffic light was finally installed but for a number of years it was morbidly entertaining to see the stupid things people did.

One evening the wife and I heard the now familiar crunch of an accident so we walked out to see if we could help. But there was only one car there, sitting rather forlornly under the harsh street light . Thinking that it was a bad hit-n-run as walked up to the center of the scene, I happened to glance off to my right. My eye level was just a few inches above the top of the wooden privacy fence belonging to our backyard neighbor. As I looked over I could see 4 wheels pointing towards Sagittarius. The other car had gone airborne and cleared their 6 ft high fence without touching it.

Another airborne accident involved a small Datsun pick truck that had run the stop sign and ran afoul (got "T'ed") of a Safeway 18 wheeler coming up the hill. (The intersection is at the top of the hill.) That Datsun flew straight as a laser beam about 60 feet away, hitting a telephone pole a GOOD 30 feet up. The driver lived through the accident but later died at the hospital.

On another day the wife and I were standing along our fence line in the front yard, looking at the then-newly planted English Laurel hedge plants. We heard that crunch sound to our right and looked up just in time to see a full sized, late 70s van completing the first of many roll overs. And it was coming straight for us! It stopped about 10 feet from where we were standing. What we could not see from our angle was the back doors of the van flying open and three Mexican guys flying out, along with several hundred thousand screws and nails! Those guys were bouncing and grinding around in that stuff.

Luckily, the traffic light has stopped 95% of the accidents once it was installed. I was almost on a first name basis with the 911 dispatchers.
 

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Terrible story, talk about being blindsided.
For no other reason than my sanity, I've adopted the philosophy that when your times up your times up. However, I don't ride like I have no responsibility for my life and the lives of others, and my mantra as I put my 'let's go have fun' leg over the beast is, "20 times more likely to die per mile traveled!".
 

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Ok I have an update. My friend has gone through about two weeks of rehab and is now able to walk in short bits. She is able to move her arm more now.

The rider was riding a crotch rocket and was unlicensed and uninsured. He also had two warrants out for his arrest. They arrested him for his warrants but only ticketed him for no license and no insurance. Her husband has already started the process to sue him. Like a lot of good that will do.
 
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