1st chance to help, Thursday Sep 8th
No bike tools were called for, but glad I had my first-aid kit. Bike-on-bike crash, hit-n-run, injuries…
During the evening rush on N Williams, a crowd was gathered around a cyclist sprawled on the sidewalk, his gear distributed in yard-sale fashion in the bike lane, bystanders asking if he was alright. After five minutes the crowd cleared, and the rider got up. We had him do basic self-check…vision, limbs, etc. Some rough road rash and super painful shoulder. He took my offer of a clean wet cloth to wipe his road rash, Neosporin, and Ibuprofin. After ten more minutes of getting his bearings, he called his wife, who met us where we walked him, 1 block over to the door of Emanuel hospital.
His story (as I recall it): he was riding in the Williams bike lane, and the other rider ran the stop-sign at Stanton and cut him off causing him to swerve left. Other rider then button-hooked right and cut him off again, causing him to swerve right, and when both his wheels hit the curb and flipped him sideways onto the pavement.
Following week status update:
“[right side] torn rotator cuff and probably a fractured scapula. Neither are terribly treatable other than with rest and painkillers, so I’m in a sling and theoretically taking it easy”…”decent health coverage, thankfully”