Regular readers may recall that back on August 20th our friends Tom & Cheryl from Southeast Pennsylvania were struck from behind by a motorist while out riding their tandem. Tom was released from the hospital with minor injuries while Cheryl was held a bit longer with a fractured pelvis and stitches in her left elbow. We’ve been staying in touch and monitoring their progress as Cheryl worked her way through physical therapy and the frustration that comes when folks who are active as she and Tom get sidelined… particularly when it’s through no fault of their own!
Well, I’m thrilled to report that Cheryl was cleared to begin cycling again and this past Saturday she and Tom took to the road on their back-up tandem — their first tandem, a Santana Rio with 26″ wheels — for a 22-mile ‘get re-acquainted” ride. What awesome news!!! We actually learned about this earlier in the week via some personal Email, but remained “mum” until Cheryl & Tom could break the news on Facebook. Again, can’t begin to say how excited we are for them…
I don’t know if they’ve been able to resolve all of the other “issues” associated with the collision, but the prognosis on their Santana Ti-700 tandem was actually better than I’d expected. Hopefully all of those ‘issues’ will be resolved fairly and in a timely manner.
Clearly, it could have been a lot worse… but it shouldn’t have happened at all! Just to darn many drivers doing things that they have no business doing while piloting their vehicles on public roads are to blame. And, unless the laws are updated with “teeth” that eliminates the “didn’t mean to” and “didn’t see them” nonsense that allows motorists to kill and maim pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists in broad daylight without any real consequence with an automatic suspension of their driver’s license and other penalties, we’re going to continue to see these types of incidents occur with greater frequency as new distractions are introduced to motor vehicles, e.g, in-car WiFi hubs.