Local cyclist and (for now) Arizona Daily Star columnist Josh Brodesky was struck by a car while riding north on Mountain Avenue last week.
He wrote about the experience in his column. Here’s a snippet:
I was hit by a car Wednesday morning. There are a lot of different ways to tell this story. The most basic version: I was riding my bike up Mountain Avenue in the bike lane, heading north toward the Rillito River trail, when a Toyota Camry driving east on Drachman hit me. The driver had been waiting at a stop sign, and he thought the intersection was clear.
Here’s another way to tell it: I was riding my bike up Mountain Avenue when I looked to my left and saw this green car accelerating at me.
It was just an instant. Just a blink of an eye.
But it was long enough to do the math and know, with absolute certainty, I was going to get hit. There was nowhere to go. There was nothing to do. It was out of my control. The car was speeding up.
I remember saying, maybe yelling, “No no no.” And then I felt force.
His article is about cherishing the people around you and making sure you let them know you love them because you never know what could happen. Give the article a read here.
I’ve ridden with Brodesky before and often seen him riding up Mountain Avenue, while riding to work with Luci in the mornings and it easily could have been us that the driver hit. I’m not sure I could forgive as quickly as Brodesky seems to have.