June 13th 2008 at 10:32pm was the day my life changed forever. That night I had just received good news. The cause and effect of that good news lead me to take the long way home. The plan was to take southwest 137th avenue all the way to 104th street east to the expressway. Upon driving on 137th avenue there was a car in the turning lane waiting to make a left turn at southwest 18th street. I was traveling south heading her direction. I had the green light and she had the green light as well, but she had to yield for oncoming traffic. I was about 100 feet away when she decided to turn right in front of me.
I had no time to react, so I slammed on breaks to avoid her. I ended up hitting the side of her car, flying through the front passenger side window, and my helmet hitting the side of her head. My helmet cracked her head opened and she later died on the way to the hospital. I on the other hand broke both arms, broke my left hip, both legs, dislocated knee, and a ruptured spleen. I was in a coma for two months, I lived in the hospital for six months, and I was not able to walk for ten months. When I flew in the car my body still hung half outside. Due to the blow to the head, she was knocked out and lost control of the car.
The car drifted in someone’s yard hitting a boat. As the car drifted in the yard on the other side to where I was still hanging out of. I was hit by the big traffic controlling box, breaking my hip and throwing me out of the car. I landed towards the back of the car with my right hand landing on the muffler. I suffered third degree burns on my arm and hand. When people came to help, that was only to help her because no one could fine my body. We were both air lifted to Jackson trauma center. She died on the way there and that became my resident for the next six months.
I was once that person that said there was no danger to motorcycles. It was always the drivers around you, but the one thing I never realized was no matter whose fault it was, someone’s life will change forever. In the young woman’s case, she died far too young. In my case I will never run again or use my right hand again. I urge all of you that ride, to think twice about it. It doesn’t just affect you, it affects everyone around you.