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My first crash.(18 posts)

My first crash.empacher6seat
Jun 18, 2002 3:17 PM
It finally happened. First day of summer for all the highschool kids, and I guess this is how some of them celebrate.

I was biking the last 200m of my ride for the day, winding down and coasting down a small hill, going around 30 kpm. Some punks in an old, mid 80's SUV (Jimmy or a Blazer, I think) drive up, one leans out the window and PUSHES me into the curb. I hit the curb, fall sideways on the sidewalk, my head smacked the pavement (thank God for helmets), and I slide a few meters to a stop. I was pretty slow in getting up, and I noticed the vehicle around 50m up the road stopped and was backing up towards me. Maybe to see if I was ok, maybe to rough me up, I'll never know because I picked up a rock and threw it through their rear window. (I know, I know... not the right way to handle the situation) They peeled off and swore at me.

I checked my bike, nothing serious, just a couple scrathes, and I walked my bike the rest of the trip. When I got inside I took off my clothes, and realized I had scraped both my palms off, the length of my right wrist was scraped, my right leg, right hip and a dinner plate sized area on the right side of my chest including my (yyeeaaouch) nipple were covered, and I had a big big bruise on the inside of my left thigh. The clean up hurt more then the actual crash.

I just can't believe the stupidity of some people... I mean... pushing a cyclist, that's just horrible.
I'm so sorry. Heal quickly! nmrideslikeagirl
Jun 18, 2002 3:24 PM
6 seat huh..HBPat
Jun 18, 2002 3:28 PM
Too bad about your crash. Wondering where you rowed?
Not a Crash - Assault. Why don't cyclists call the cops?jose_Tex_mex
Jun 18, 2002 3:44 PM
With all due respect you are definitely the victim here. However, your actions were inadequate. I hope you recever quickly and fully.
When someone attempts anything like this and you fail to notify the Police and have idiots arrested you allow the "Bully" mentality to continue. If you had reported these punks in their hoopty I am sure the cops would have rounded them up in a matter of minutes. I bet the even know the truck by heart.
If I were you I would at least go to the Police and inform them of the incident. The next time these punks attack, you might not be so lucky.
Jun 18, 2002 5:38 PM
heal well. if you have to tell the cops you threw the stone, so be it. there is one person in deep s--- and it is not you.
Glad you didn't get permanently hurt.Leisure
Jun 18, 2002 6:19 PM
I know the feeling, especially when it is so rare and unexpected that when it finally happens you're in too much shock to know what to do. I think I would report it as well, but you may end up having to pay for the window (had to do that myself once). On the other hand, there's no lack of evidence when you're covered with roadrash, and you were definitely assaulted. I don't know how the law interprets self defense anymore, seems it pretty much doesn't exist. But I would ask about it. I had a deer run INTO my car last night. I didn't get hurt, but I'm still feeling wigged out about it. I'm having the same sense of shock you're probably going through right now. Take good care of your wounds and best wishes.
Glad you weren't hurt badly....sounds like self-dense to mejagiger
Jun 18, 2002 6:50 PM
I was shocked reading your post. It's hard to image that these guys would just push you over. Pretty sad! I'd say it was self-defense if they were coming back for 2nds. Heal quickly!!
make getting a license plate number an automatic reactionTig
Jun 18, 2002 6:49 PM
Leaving the scene of an injury accident (or in this case, an assult) is a felony in most states. Burn the license number in your brain or grab a rock and scratch/write it on the cement. Most police departments would take this attack very seriously.

Treat your scrapes like burns. Use dressings that will keep the tissue moist. Go to the doctor if anything gets infected. I hope you heal quick! Good luck.
Very good advice, albeit hard to learn. nmLeisure
Jun 18, 2002 11:27 PM
Couldn't agree more. Excellent advice. All our best 6seat..nm128
Jun 19, 2002 5:59 AM
re: My first crash.empacher6seat
Jun 18, 2002 7:31 PM
Thanks for all the support and advice.
I realize now that I really didn't handle the situation all that well. I should've focused more on their plate number or any unique characteristics of the vehicle instead of throwing a rock at it. Oh well, c'est la vie. I just feel lucky that I wasn't seriously hurt, and that I'll live to ride another day!

P.S. HBPat, to answer your question, I used to row for VCRC (Victoria City Rowing Club) in my highschool years, now I'm rowing for a local college, next year I'll hopefully join the powerhouse Uvic Vikes.
A smashed rear winow and the color could be enough.hayaku
Jun 19, 2002 2:52 AM
Of course tell the cops the window was smashed before this incident. Good shot by the way!
Someone, or a group that intentionaly causes harm to another deserves everything the law will give them. Go to the cops and see if you can find them. Otherwise the only thing that will change is that they wont stop for the next person they push. Get 'em boy!
Did you file a police report?PODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Jun 18, 2002 7:53 PM
Did you file a police report?

I'd fine out who they are and sue the stupid dipshits for all they are worth. Its a (blank) colored (blank) truck with a broken rear window. It shouldn't be overly difficult to find them.

Hope you get better,
Nick Corcoran
At Least Tell Them - Any Bike Cops In Town?jose_Tex_mex
Jun 19, 2002 6:36 AM
Even if you do not file a report at least go and talk to the cops. Don't tell them you broke their windshield (did you or was there just damage) - just tell them your story and mention that there might be damage on the vehicle - as if someone through a large rock at it. If they press for details avoid answering - give them one of those wide eyed - hey you know I did I but I am not going to admit to it. If they find the idiots you have nothing to worry about. Anyone saying you threw it at them puts themselves at the scene of the crime. It would be hard for them to convince anyone that you were just out riding and throwing rocks for no apparent reason.
The cops are really smart, especially in this situation. This kind of act would be a priority as a lot of cops cycle - are there any bike cops in town? Tell them, they will definitely have your back.
An incident like this is more than likely not isolated. I bet the kids already are known to the cops. How many beat up hoopties are there with juvenile drivers in your town?
Again, even if you do not file a report, go talk to them.
Jun 19, 2002 8:19 AM
I agree with what Jose said. Talk to the cops, preferable a bike cop and file it as a hit and run. If they force you to answer why you threw the rock at the truck just say so you knew you'd be able to identify it. The guys crashed you intentionally. The cops should look upon your actions as being stupid but understandable all things considered. Even if you did throw the rock at the car first, chances are you being older they'd wonder if they were cutting you off to prompt you to do this. And that gives the people in the car no right to almost kill you by pushing you off the road. What if you hadn't been wearing a helmet?

Anyway for the record how many cyclists ride around with rocks in their pockets to chuck at cars?

Being 19 not many teenagers are this f^cking stupid. But with this said some are so I'd like to hope it is an isolated incident.

Keep us updated. I'd recommend sueing if you find them since you've gone through a lot of pain and suffering, your bike is scratched, etc. and it was all due to an incident that was completely 100% intentional.

Take care,
Nick Corcoran
Don't lie about the rockmr_spin
Jun 19, 2002 1:00 PM
You threw the rock because it looked like they were coming back to do you more harm. Throwing a rock at them was a totally appropriate means of self defense. It worked, didn't it?

Furthermore, the car will be a lot easier to identify if you tell the cops you put a nice hole in their window.
Always Be Aware Of Your Surroundings - A Few Tipsjose_Tex_mex
Jun 19, 2002 6:28 AM
A skill you will learn (the faster the better) is the sound of cars and what it tells you about them. This is a must and has saved my life many a time. When I am approaching a right turn I am always listening for slowing drivers or those too impatient that speed up. This tells me I am likely to have some idiot try the old right hook manuever.
Determining when a car is trying to equal speeds with you is one of the more obvious situations you need to be aware of. When this happens it's always good to have some room to the right. At the very least braking and moving to the right should help.
Also, listen for the "boom." Whenever I "feel" stereo systems this is normally the sign of a young driver.
All this said, I understand you are still new and maybe your area is overall cyclist friendly. Perhaps, it's just the number of idiot drivers in my area that have trained me to be so offensive.
re: My first crash.DERICK
Jun 19, 2002 7:00 AM
Call the police now and take pictures of your injuries and bicycle for evidence.You never know,those punks could have been picked up for doing the same thing 5 minutes later and are at the police station now. Chances are you are not the only victim of these people. You might get a call 6 months from now saying they just picked up someone meeting the same description for doing something similar.wouldn't it feel great to show up in court with big blown up pictures of your injuries for the jury to see.