WIW to crash

On Wednesday afternoon, I was on my way to meet JenniNZ when an SUV collided with me on my bike. 

Actually, that makes it sound like it was the driver's fault. It wasn't, or not entirely. If there was a fault, it was on both our parts, but honestly, I think it was down to road design more than anything. The street I was turning onto is extremely narrow— one lane—shared by vehicles going both ways and parked as well as bikes and pedestrians, and has low visibility due to a hill, lots of vegetation, and curves. 

I won't show the photo I took immediately after the accident lest I traumatize anyone, but I am not exaggerating when I say there were tire tracks (his) all the way up my arm and on my face.  It was that close. Or, rather, I guess I should say -- I got hit -- but luckily neither of us was going fast on such a quiet residential street and  he had braked and so had I, so the force of impact was as low as it could be, considering he was driving a massive vehicle. 

I fell hard on one arm and have some nerve damage in my right hand. On my left side, where his car hit me, I have a punctured lung but it is healing. I have some ugly bruises. And I bit hard on my mouth so I had to have stitches there. I have a fat lip and some light scrapes that will not scar. 

No broken bones, no concussion (I didn't hit my head), no internal injuries (beyond the lung), and -- believe it or not! -- my bike is actually ok! Not only that -- so are my clothes! My shoes got two very tiny marks that I washed off. My shorts didn't even get dirty when I fell. (How?? White shorts!!)  My top probably had some marks on it, but they didn't really show on the navy and they washed right out. 

The driver stayed at the scene and made sure I was okay. He even came to my home to check on me the next day. The doctors at the hospital could not have been kinder or more thorough. 

I was sad to miss Jenni but I am very grateful to be alive. I even managed a walk this evening.  :) 

This post is also published in the youlookfab forum. You can read and reply to it in either place. All replies will appear in both places.


  • kellygirl replied 1 year ago

    Omg, Suz. I'm so glad to hear that you are all right. What a terrible thing to happen! Tiny you vs. an SUV - you are very lucky indeed.  Sending you a virtual hug!

  • Tanya replied 1 year ago

    OMG! What a horrible thing to happen. So glad you are relatively OK. Hope you recover fast.

  • Eliza replied 1 year ago

    Wow, Suz. Sorry to hear this; it sounds surreal. These are the moments when you can’t help but think how much worse it could have been. It is still a lot and here’s to a speedy recovery and comfort as you mend.

  • Jenni NZ replied 1 year ago

    My husband noticed your top in the picture you sent us of the injury. He thought it looked a bit like tire marks itself but he was sure you didn’t match on purpose! I was all ready to do the shoe shot of the two of us :(
    I do hope the recovery continues well…

  • Barbara Diane replied 1 year ago

    What a scary close call. So glad to hear that you felt well enough to take a walk.

  • Sal replied 1 year ago

    Oh gosh! So pleased you are relatively okay- but what a scare and what a shame to miss Jenni! You will have some shock - I know I have after bike crashes more minor than this.

  • anne replied 1 year ago

    Suz, so sorry to hear about your accident! How awful, though also with some silver linings. What a pity you did not get to meet Jenni.

  • JP replied 1 year ago

    Oh Wow, so sorry to hear that, Suz! What a scary experience, wishing you speedy recovery. What a shame you missed meeting Jenni, but glad you're doing ok.

  • slim cat replied 1 year ago

    So sorry about the unfortunate collision and canceled meeting.
    I'm glad it's not as horrific as it seems - still be careful and follow doctor's recommendations. Rest and heal. Amazing surviving ability of your white shorts!

  • Minaminu replied 1 year ago

    OMG! glad to hear you are well! that must have been so scary!!!!

  • Brooklyn replied 1 year ago

    Far out!!!! I’m so sorry to hear that. It sounds bad (I mean, a punctured lung???). But I am glad that it wasn’t worse. Please take it easy until you mend.

    Sorry you missed seeing Jenni too.

  • replied 1 year ago

    Yikes- that sounds terrifying! Wishing you a speedy recovery!
    Reason 486 why I despise SUVs :/

  • Star replied 1 year ago

    So sorry to hear about this.  Wishing you a speedy recovery!

  • ChristelJ replied 1 year ago

    How awful, so sorry this happened to you. I admire how you report this whole event with such cheerfulness, but hope you take it easy and heal. So glad it wasn't worse.

  • Irina replied 1 year ago

    So sorry to hear, Suz! And so glad you are OK considering you got hit by a car! Wishing you speedy recovery!

  • Glory replied 1 year ago

    Suz I’m so sorry to read this. It sounds terrifying. So grateful you were able to access good medical care. Wishing you speedy healing.

  • Dee replied 1 year ago

    My goodness, such a harrowing experience for sure, I’m relieved to hear that you’re on the mend, wishing you a speedy recovery.

  • Olive Green replied 1 year ago

     Suz, wow, take good care of yourself. 

  • Mirjana replied 1 year ago

    What a horrible thing to happen. So glad you are relatively good. Hope you recover fast.

  • kkards replied 1 year ago

    Oh Suz. Wow, how scary that must have been.  So glad that you seem to be on the mend 
    on the other hand, just the fact that this accident happened as you where on the way to meet another fabber made me so smile. 

  • Helena replied 1 year ago

    Oh Suz! Thank goodness you're okay. I'm so sorry you're having to go through this ordeal. Sending hugs, love and healing thoughts xoxo

  • Nadya replied 1 year ago

    I’m so glad you’re already chipper enough to post about this! How very scary. Take good care of yourself, physically and emotionally, dear Suz.

  • CarolS replied 1 year ago

    Omigosh Suz, how awful and yet how fortunate that things unfolded as they did. Wishing you a speedy recovery!!!

    ETA the Angie Angel was surely watching over your white shorts and shoes to keep them safe while whatever other higher power may exist protected the rest of you.

  • Janet replied 1 year ago

    OMG Suz, I got goosebumps reading this, it was so scary to me. I never ride on the roads here anymore because drivers have become so aggressive and/or distracted. Two cyclists were killed right on an intersection (with great sight lines no less) that I used to bike through every week.

    But I am so relieved it wasn’t worse! Please heal quickly and be gentle with yourself. Sending hugs (not tight ones!) and good vibes.

  • Mary Beth (formerly LBD) replied 1 year ago

    Oh my goodness, Suz!   Like Janet, I had goosebumps reading this.  I  am so glad you are all right!

    Get lots of rest, catch up on your TV shows, and eat all the ice cream.   I'm sending you positive energy and healing vibes and love!

  • Angie replied 1 year ago

    SOOOO AWFUL and shocking, sweet Suz. I can barely get my head around it. And on the way to see Fabber Jenni from NZ. I'm so, so sorry this happened :(

    Thank goodness your body is healthy, healing, and you are on the mend. Very impressive, and so is your stellar attitude. I'm in awe! Glad you got great care at ER, and that the driver was sympathetic. 

    Rest up and allow your magical body to recoup. PT will help your hand, (I have nerve damage too - for 20 years!). You might consider wearing a hand brace when you type. I did that for 15 years. It REALLY helped.  Wishing you a speedy recovery, and sending healing thoughts. 

  • Bonnie replied 1 year ago

    What a terrible thing to have happened. I am really impressed with your positive attitude to this tragic accident. 

  • LJP replied 1 year ago

    Good lord . I’m so sorry this happened to you . I can’t imagine the terror that must have caused . I’m glad to hear you are relatively unscathed but a punctured lung is no small issue either . I hope you heal quickly !

  • Ket replied 1 year ago

    Oh how very scary!! My brother was hit on his bike by a truck that ran a stop sign. It changed his life and our entire family's lives, too. I pray you are mending well and had no head injuries <3 <3 <3 Many hugs!! 

  • Gaylene replied 1 year ago

    Wow, glad to hear that you are (more or less :(  ) OK, Suz. I know what you mean by poor road design—the bike routes in Victoria range from awesome to dreadful, sometimes just minutes from each other. 

    And too bad about not being able to meet up with Jenni—it would have been such fun to have seen you two Fabbers together. Mr.G and I are still temporary residents in my sister’s home in Edmonton until our flooded condo gets repaired—six months and still waiting. It would have been so lovely to have had a mini meetup, but the gods seem to have other plans for us. 

    Good to hear the white shorts made it through the ordeal, though. ;)

  • Echo replied 1 year ago

    A punctured lung is not a minor injury! What a terrifying thing to have happen. I bike a lot, and I despise riding on city streets. As you said, an accident is often neither party's "fault" or both of their faults together, but that doesn't make the event less scary or less dangerous. I am so, so glad you will recover and that things were not worse!

  • Ginkgo replied 1 year ago

    Cross that street off your list of future bike trips! Glad that you’re basically okay and I hope you heal quickly.

  • Ms. Liz replied 1 year ago

    What a terrifying and terrible thing to happen to you!  Sending you my very best wishes for a very speedy recovery and healing of that lung.

  • Vildy replied 1 year ago

    I'm flabbergasted to hear what befell you.  Relieved to know you will be all right.

  • Suz replied 1 year ago

    Thank you all for your kind words. Much appreciated. It was an unlucky fluke that it happened and a very lucky fluke that it wasn't worse. 

    And Mary Beth, I'm definitely eating all the ice cream. It is strawberry season here, too, so I get to enjoy those, too. 

    Going to see about PT for my hand tomorrow and getting follow up x-rays on the lung. 

    Gaylene, I'm so sorry your place was flooded -- that is awful! I hope the repairs happen soon and you get back to the Island. I imagine you have been dealing with wildfire smoke in Edmonton, which can't be fun. But on the other hand you get to visit with old friends. 

  • Style Fan replied 1 year ago

    How awful, Suz!  A punctured lung sounds concerning.  A meet-up with Jenni would have been fantastic.

  • Peri replied 1 year ago

    Suz, wow, what a scary thing! I'm so glad it was not worse and that you got good care and are healing. Wow!

  • catherine replied 1 year ago

    Suz, I hope you have a full recovery and are back to normal soon.

  • Runcarla replied 1 year ago

    I’m so sorry to learn about you accident, but glad that your injuries are manageable and your spirits intact.  Keep those spirits up, and let others (DS, your child) take care of you for a while.

    …and totally frivolous, but what a cute outfit!

  • Jaime replied 1 year ago

    Oh Suz! How terrifying! And traumatic. Wow, I am so glad to hear you are relatively ok, although your injuries are serious and thankfully you are getting good care. Near misses are a lot to process. Please take care of yourself!

  • Sisi replied 1 year ago

    Suz, I'm so sorry to hear this! How scary! Please take care and pamper yourself. I wish you a speedy recovery.
    Anyway, very pretty outfit! And those white bermudas definitely have magic powers ... :).

  • Cardiff girl replied 1 year ago

    Oh my goodness Suz,when you said wiw to crash ,to crash in this country can mean to relax,chill etc,so when l read that you literally meant you were involved in a crash l was shocked.l am so glad that you are going to be ok it could have turned out differently but it’s still a shock for you so please take it easy until you are completely better.
    l can’t believe that you clothes were fine,you ve obviously share Angie ‘s super power of staying clean no matter what!

  • lyn67 replied 1 year ago

    Sorry to hear..b.ut happy You (and your white shorts:-)) survived sans permanent damages -so please get well asap!:-)

  • Elizabeth P replied 1 year ago

    OMGoodness Suz, I'm so sorry this happened to you, but so happy you're okay.  Or will be.  As someone who works in the field of road design/cycling infrastructure, I'm always interested (read: nosey) about these things.  At least whatever poor design you encountered was still good enough to have the car traveling slowly.

    And what a bummer that you missed Jenni :(

    I hope your healing process goes quickly and well. 
    Hugs from the right coast!

  • RobinF replied 1 year ago

    Oh my gosh, sounds so scary! Thank goodness for fairly minor (?) injuries. Get well soon!

  • unfrumped replied 1 year ago

    Good grief! What a harrowing experience. I am so glad it was no worse, but sheesh, this was not good.
    Hope you continue to heal and will recover completely.

  • April replied 1 year ago

    So scary, my word.  My "bike" got hit by a masonry truck last week but I was not on it.  Even that was terrifying, can't imagine this.

    I love that you made it into a WIW, though.  Can't keep our Suz down!  :)

  • Bijou replied 1 year ago

    What a terrible thing to happen, I hope you recover quickly. I’m glad the driver was a caring and responsible person. This is a good reminder for me to take care when passing cyclists on the road.

    Sorry that you missed a catch up with Jenni.

  • sarah replied 1 year ago

    SUZ! OMG. I'm so glad you are OK. That sounds absolutely terrifying. I hope that, given some time, the nerve damage heals. I'm sure you are quite shaken up by the whole thing. Wishing you healing thoughts.

    P.S. I can't believe the shorts. Hopefully someday you'll be able to chuckle at that ending to the story...

  • Column replied 1 year ago

    MY WORD, SUZ! Yours must be the most gracious near-death experience on the planet! Punctured lung? Nerve damage? Bruises, stitches, and tire tracks on your face...and you post a WIW, even in jest? I definitely need lessons from you on how to stay calm in an emergency! Glad you are well enough to write!

  • Inge replied 1 year ago

    Suz, that is horrible:-(( And it must have been so scary.

    I'm so relieved you are relatively ok, and hope the recovery goes smoothly. Please do take it very easy!! xxx
    (and sorry you and Jenni didn't get a chance to hang out)

  • morethanbeige replied 1 year ago

    Suz, I am terrified reading this and I wasn’t even hit! So sorry you are going through this. Your positive attitude is inspiring and I’m sending you all the healing vibes I have for a speedy recovery.

  • Suz replied 1 year ago

    I appreciate all the kind words. I'm going for some physiotherapy today. Recovery seems to be going well so far. I had some pain on the weekend but it is diminishing a bit. Onwards! 

  • Chris987 replied 1 year ago

    Late to this,  how incredibly awful and so glad to hear it was not as bad as it could have been! You are probably in for a recovery "journey" rather than an instantaneous "all fixed" so be kind to yourself. 

  • gryffin replied 1 year ago

    Holy Geeze Suz!!!  Wow, so glad you are going to be ok.  That sounds bad enough (punctured lung is very scary) and just glad it was not worse.  Your guardian angel was right with you (I'm having Heaven Can Wait - Warren Beatty flashes).  Wishing you a very speedy physical and emotional recovery (must be very traumatic). Only you could come out with pristine clothing, please wallop me not my shorts!  Wishing you all good, safe, and peaceful.  Hugs to you!!

  • UmmLila (Lisa) replied 1 year ago

    I hope you’re recovering well!

  • quietloud replied 1 year ago

    I'm so sorry to hear about your accident, that sounds absolutely terrifying! I hope you are doing alright despite the circumstances, and wish you a swift recovery! 

    I do also love the outfit you wore, especially the shoes! 

  • Roberta replied 1 year ago

    I am so sorry to hear such an awful thing befell you. And so grateful that it wasn't worse. Still, the trauma of these things can linger. Take care of yourself and absorb all our fond wishes!

  • Aquamarine replied 1 year ago

    Late here…my goodness! What a harrowing experience and so lucky it was not worse. I did get a chuckle out of the shorts coming out unscathed, though.

  • bridgie replied 1 year ago

    Suz, so sincerely sorry this has happened to you, from probably the oldest person on ylf and still driving .
    No, I don’t wear white shorts anymore and may not be driving much longer ,,,,,,but doggone, I wish it hadn’t happened to you. Take good care of yourself, and Best Wishes to you!!!!

  • Laura replied 1 year ago

    Such a frightening incident and you are handling it with such grace. I’m sending all my support and healing thoughts.

  • Firecracker (Sharan) replied 1 year ago

    Sending more good wishes your way, Suz, for a fast and full recovery. What a harrowing event. I have had a couple of bike crashes (but not collisions with others), just enough to understand that it can really shake your nerves, beyond the physical injuries themselves. You sound remarkably calm about it now, and I admire your attitude. I think you can join Angie in the very exclusive, much-envied keeping-white-pants-clean superpower club!

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