Checking Facebook early this morning, I learned that Dan had had an accident yesterday. He had posted this selfie along with a more graphic looking one of his arm. This fact along with some of his responses to comments led me to believe that he was not in imminent danger, which turns out to be the case. We waited an appropriate amount of time before we called him this morning.
He had been bicycling to the post office in Little Tokyo to mail a package in the afternoon. He was doing about 15 MPH, when a car driving beside him decided to change lanes and side swiped Dan. This sent him flying. He doesn’t think that he passed out, maybe because he was wearing a helmet. He did end up with lots of abrasions on his hands, arms, face and knees. I smell bacon! Later he complained about bruised ribs. A Canadian RN, a tourist in LA, was right there and acted as the first responder. He didn’t look like a nurse to Dan, being young, skinny, wearing shorts and a t-shirt and being rather well inked. Still he got some medical supplies from the local businesses and cleaned and dressed Dan’s wounds. By the time that the paramedics arrived all loud and bright, with both an ambulance and a fire truck, there wasn’t much left for them to do.
The driver was itching to leave the scene and the paramedics said that he could go, if he left contact information. Another bystander took his name and number. His car didn’t have plates and he was in such a hurry to get out of there that he ran over Dan’s bike again. So far, Dan has been unable to reach him at the number that he left. His bike is a mess. It might be salvageable, it depends on if and how bad the frame is bent. In addition to his bike, his glasses and helmet need to be replaced. It would be nice it the driver ponied up for these things.
It could have been much worse. Another incident that occurred last weekend near Anne’s family cabin ended in a horrible fatality. Dan went into work today, but they made him go right back home and leave his car there too. They drove him home. Now he is without both his bike and his car. Dan promises to send more pictures once the bruising starts to show.