So I was forty minutes into my commute home enjoying a mild headwind and warm sunny weather. I had stopped at the intersection of Old Pretoria Road and Lily Pond Road to let cars pass by before turning left. Then a woman driving a Kia slowly came into my lane. I yelled at her really loud to get her attention. She did not hear me because I could see she was on her phone. She hit me and I rolled onto her hood and then hit the pavement. When I was on the hood of her car that is when she stopped.
I stood up and turned my attention to my bike. My fear was that my front wheel and carbon fork were damaged. I spun the tire and it seemed OK. After my tire check I turned my attention to the woman who by now was standing outside of her car apologizing for not seeing me. For a moment she started to say that I ran into her, but I was clearly at least a foot behind the thick white line on the pavement. Another women in a black SUV that stopped behind her backed me up and said she saw the whole incindent and that I did not run into moving traffic.
I am OK and the bike appears to be OK. I called my wife and then I called the Dougherty County Police. I am totally pissed off that I got hit AGAIN by a driver that was not paying attention. My wife wants me to start riding with the group rides, which means that I will have to give up my bike commuting and early morning rides that I love.
|A simple diagram of the accident.|