Wednesday, December 27, 2006
A fellow blogger in Australia, Gavin, has had the very unfortunate experience of nearly losing a loved one in a car versus cyclist incident in Australia. Gavin's father-in-law was in a group of riders hit by a car on Saturday the 23rd, just before Christmas. Noel, Gavin's father in law and avid cyclist, was nearly killed in the accident that seriously injured several others as well. The elderly driver of the car was also injured when the car finally collided with a tree and pinned her in the car by the legs for more than an hour.
Noel is beginning to make a positive recovery, but he will have a long journey ahead of him with his broken leg and pelvis and a punctured lung to deal with. He is still in serious condition, but indicators appear to keep getting better.
As a cyclist who has gone through the near death scenario myself and have lost people and known others who have, this incident saddens me deeply. Having also ridden in Australia, I feel an even closer connection to this incident. I hope that you will join me in extending best wishes and support to Gavin, his family and especially Noel right now. Please go to the site linked in the title of this post and leave a message of support- I know that the cycling community always looks after its fallen friends. Please show Noel that he is in our collective thoughts right now.
PS- Here's the link again, in case you have trouble with the title thing...
PSS- If you click on the image in the upper left, you will be taken to a site where you can donate to a fund to help Noel with his presumably extensive bills from this injury.