Thursday (Aug 19th) was my birthday, unfortunately it could not have been any further from a happy birthday at all. That morning my brother got HIT by a car while riding his bicycle!!!
My brother is probably the healthiest, most fit person I have ever known. He was training to be in the next Iron Man competition. He had a professional coach, and had been doing VERY well in recent triathlons that he had competed in, so it just angers me to no end that in the blink of an eye that all got ripped away from him by some idiot who obviously shouldn’t have been driving (I mean, if you are fit to drive a car you would have seen a 6 foot tall man riding a bike!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) I don’t think there is any legitimate reason this guy could possibly give that would excuse the fact that he not only plowed into a person who is far from invisible, but he also accelerated just before he hit him (my brother remembers hearing the car speeding up). Since he was actually speeding up as he hit my brother it threw him up onto the front of the car, and then when the idiot realized he hit someone he slams on his brakes throwing my brother from the hood of his car, smashing to the ground.
His injuries are BAD, but thank God, not life threatening.
While I realize this could have been worse I am still SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO angry at the guy who did this. What was he doing that he didn’t see my brother??????? It was early morning, and the intersection was VERY well lit, not to mention it was already pretty light out, plus my brother’s bike has flashing lights on it, the bike has reflectors on it, as does his helmet, and to say it again, he is a 6 foot tall, very muscular man. If you can’t see him, with all those visibility enhancers, you have ABSOLUTELY NO business driving a car. To top it off, the guy who hit him could not speak a single word of English, so as my brother is laying on the ground in absolute agony, and most likely in shock, the guy hands him a cellphone expecting him to call 911 himself. PLEASE do not send me any immigration controversy stuff over this statement as I am all for immigration, and inviting to other cultures, at the same time I DO NOT think you should be able to get a driver’s license if you can not speak at least a minimal amount of English so that when you ALMOST KILL someone you will be able to at least call 911 and get the poor guy some help (I’m sure 911 would have had Spanish speaking operators if they guy could have even figured out how to call for help, but he didn’t know how!!!!!!!!!!!!! How can you have a driver’s license and not know how to call for help, and if you can’t speak or understand a word of English how can you even know the driving laws of this country, road signs are all in English!!) Again, I am not starting an immigration debate I am just venting frustration about this whole situation, and I am not applying my anger to a whole group of people, my frustration is with this ONE person who I don’t think should have been driving since he could not see a 6ft tall person on a bike with blinking lights in the morning light and could not communicate, at all, to be able to get the man he almost killed some help.
Thanks to this person its not likely my brother will be able to achieve a goal he had his heart set on and worked SOOOOO hard trying to accomplish. Not to mention, due to the extent of the injuries, the BEST case scenario still has my brother not being able to work for 3 months. He has a wife and child to support and has a wonderful job that he got after graduating college with a 4.0 GPA. So this man who has NEVER harmed anyone, whom I’ve never even heard wish ill will against another person now has his entire life changed by someone who obviously wasn’t paying any attention to driving. My brother has made a life of doing good things, he was in the Marines after graduating high school, then went to college, graduated at the top of his class, married a wonderful woman, and has the most adorable daughter, and he is the ONLY person in my family who has called me to wish me a Happy Birthday every single year no matter what he was doing. But this year, thanks to some thoughtless, uncaring person I didn’t get that call!
Project 78 of 365: Get Well Card for my Brother
- Chocolate Chip
- Whisper White
- Old Olive DSP
- Sincere Salutations
- Curvy Verses
- Watercolor Trio
- Chocolate Chip
- Chocolate chip 1/4″ grosgrain ribbon
- medium white brads