Sunday, July 4, 2010
Down But Not Out
The picture above is the aftermath of a bicycle accident in which I was a participant Friday morning on the the Capital Crescent Trail in Bethesda, Maryland. I'm the guy face down on the right, that's my new (to me) Tommasini on the far right.
Being on a well traveled bike path that is popular with commuters, the accident got a bit of local coverage. The circumstances of the accident, according to the Park Police:
"Sgt. Lauryn McNeill said it happened Friday around 8:30 a.m. She said a cyclist headed for the National Institutes of Health moved around two pedestrians and into the path of an oncoming cyclist. "
That oncoming cyclist would be me
In addition to scrapes and scratches, I escaped with a broken left collarbone, "8 or 9" (I guess they quit counting after a while) broken ribs and a little chip on a vertebra and was released from the hospital Saturday. The other chap apparently ended up in the intensive care unit in a coma with rather more serious injuries. It was indicated to me that these are not life threatening and he should be released within several days.
It is an ill wind that blows no good.