Thursday, September 14, 2006


took a hard fall this morning, worst of the season. was i riding in the woods? in traffic? nope, was in the mellowest, safest place possible, down the bike path along Boston's Esplanade, a usual route to work. a jogger w/an iPod running in the right lane decided to cut in front of me at the exact moment i was passing her on the left. no time to brake, do anything but collide - was a blur. she took most of the impact, i shot over the bars and into the bushes while she lay on the pavement, totally zonked. a cpl thoughtful passerbys got on their cell phones and called an ambulance... one of them said the crash looked horrible, something about if it was on video, it'd go National or something equally as bizzare. i wasn't really listening...

she was shook-up pretty bad, minor cut on the chin, some scrapes, the impact was hard enough to eject her earings, while i broke the crown off a previously broken front tooth, took a nasty shot in the quad - it's super tight, already working the ice and vitamin I - but nothing needing medical care - she was waiting for an ambulance. hopefully she's ok, feel sorry for her (a junior at BU), never like to see someone in pain, but am also upset - not in a mad at her way, but in a "now i have to pay the dentist a bunch of money i don't have to fix my tooth way". plus, i just noticed that my watch/HRM fell-off in the collision. crap. but, that stuff doesn't really matter... i feel bad for her, seeing her laying there. hope she's alright, no internal damage.

she admitted to me, then the police when they arrived, that it was her bad. the officer then said no charges would be filed against me, which was a shocking statement, even with the word "no" placed in front of "charges". since i was riding, i guess there could be charges filed against me? but since she was on foot, there can't be charges filed against her? interesting how that works...

was supposed to work from home today but decided to get some things done in the office, so headed into town - guess i should have stayed home...


At 9/14/2006 12:54 PM, Blogger Jason said...

WOW! Hope everyone is OK. Damn that sucks. JM

At 9/14/2006 1:09 PM, Blogger IF Chicks said...

Sorry to hear about the collison !Peds on the bike path to Alewife often make abrupt changes without looking behind them.

Ipods and cell phone use aren't helping since nobody is paying attention to what they are doing.

On a lighter note, I had a "commuter race" thing going on this morning with an older commuter guy. He passes me at Arlington Center intersection (stoppping for lights)only to slow down on path again til I have to pass him..then I keep hearing him (and his squeaky chain) trying to keep up with me until Alewife when he blows across traffic without stopping (I am not in that much of a rush to get hit).

hope the rest of your day goes smoother.

At 9/14/2006 2:30 PM, Blogger rick said...

yeah, you're always going to be at fault. she should really be paying for your dental work.

At 9/14/2006 5:04 PM, Blogger Andy said...

tough break jeffy. sorry 'bout the tooth...that sucks. Glad you didn't break anything else.

At 9/14/2006 7:00 PM, Blogger Barkernews said...

that's scary, dude.
same thing happened to me on Portland's river front a coupla months ago.
but i kept my tooth.
glad you're mostly ok.


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