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Today is the 45 anniversary of my motorcycle accident

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Jul 23, 2019 - 3:23:38 AM
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Mopick

USA

12508 posts since 6/14/2007

 

Today is the anniversary of my motorcycle accident. It's hard to believe it has been 45 years since that fateful day I rode my dirt bike out in to the path of a speeding car. I always post the story of that day as written by my grandpa. Here it is.

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I will never forget July 23, 1974

This is the date our precious Grandson was struck by a car on his motorcycle, by a man named Oscar Newby, who was a hit and run driver, or either stopped and went ahead.

On this date the last thing that Randy helped me do was to load an air conditioner in the car, and I thought to myself what a strong boy he was, and always a sweet boy.

This is what happened after we ate supper. Randy went out and got his motorcycle. Lola Mae and I were watching the news on TV. A few minutes after 6:00 P.M. on Tuesday July 23, 1974, Leonard Pigg came up to our house, and it was evident by his actions that something was wrong.

Lola Mae went to the door, I was standing behind when Leonard said Randy is laying up on Butler Hill badly hurt, and he told us we should call an Ambulance. Lola Mae called the Ambulance, and we went up to Butler Hill where Randy was seriously injured. I hope I never have to look at another sight like that, our little Grandson lay on the Highway 158, his left leg completely broke off a few inches above the ankle and badly mangled from above the knee. His left shoulder dislocated, and his left arm broken below the shoulder, and a concussion and badly bruised all over his body.

Leonard had left his house to go put some calves with the cows up at John Gray's. As he was coming toward John Gray's from BB Road and 158, he saw something laying in the road on Butler Hill. He said at first he thought someone had lost something out of a pickup truck, but as he got closer he saw it was a body, and when he got to the scene, he saw it was Randy.

He couldn't leave Randy, so he could come and notify us, so he stayed with Randy until Leroy Murray came along on his tractor.

Leonard left Leroy with Randy, then he came to our house to notify us.

Leroy and Leonard applied a tourniquet on Randy's leg. Leroy also pinched the large vessel in Randy's leg to help stop the bleeding.

Leroy, Leonard and myself done everything we could do including praying, until the Ambulance got there. It seemed like quite a while before the Ambulance got there, but thank God the Ambulance had a registered nurse with it which saved Randy's life.

Mrs. Baker a nurse herself, and the R.N. with the Ambulance, and myself went in the Ambulance with Randy.

The nurse said Randy had good blood pressure and pulse at the scene of the accident, but before we got him to the Doctors Hospital, he had no pulse and his heart stopped beating. The R.N. hit him in the chest to start his heart. He had oxygen on but lost so much blood he liked to passed away.

The Ambulance driver Bob Floata, and his wife called ahead to the Hospital, and had everything ready for Randy including fluid and Dr. Reddy.

Dorothy came to the Hospital, and the Dr.and nurses told her Randy's leg would have to be amputated which at first she did not want to do, but looked at Randy's leg and saw that it was necessary to do.

Randy was given 8 pints of blood and later during the operation was given another pint a total of 9 pints. They say that 10 pints is all you have normally.

Randy was unconscious for 24 hours and incoherent for several days after, but he began a rapid recovery being a strong boy, and the desire to want to live.

 

Jul 23, 2019 - 5:25:43 AM
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Mopick

USA

12508 posts since 6/14/2007

This is the 12th time I've posted this story on here. Some of you have read it before.

Jul 23, 2019 - 5:59:20 AM
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2338 posts since 10/9/2011

I'm glad you lived to tell the tale and share it with us.

My Uncle Lenny was vehemently anti-motorcycle. At the time he was the only doctor in Bolton Landing,on Lake George NY. He was also the county coroner and got called out 'way too many times to pronounce motor cycle riders dead.
One night he got such a call and when he got to the scene he started examining the young victim who opened his eyes, and said "Hi Dad". My cousin Bruce had many injuries including multiple mandible fractures which required his jaw to be wired shut for months. Some of those orthopedic injuries plague him to this day, 50+ years later. Every time I get the itch for a motor scooter, I think of him and change my mind.

Jul 23, 2019 - 6:21:40 AM
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DC5

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That's an amazing story Randy, a lot of cards fell into place on that day for sure. Just out of curiosity, how did they find out who the hit and run driver was?

Jul 23, 2019 - 6:26:46 AM
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rinemb

USA

11513 posts since 5/24/2005

Good to hear from you again. For the wrong reason I guess, except for your surviving and adapting and ability to enjoy life as you do. Brad

Jul 23, 2019 - 11:35:39 AM
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52157 posts since 12/14/2005

And I repeat my previous advice:

Cobble up a crude crutch, learn a bunch of seafarer songs, and rent yourself out as a musical pirate.

Heck, even get a stuffed toy parrot, paint his face with classic Marcel Marceau mime makeup, and tell the audience he's a parrot who does not talk, by CHOICE!

Jul 23, 2019 - 11:44:28 AM
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8802 posts since 2/22/2007

I think that I've read your story all twelve times, and hope that I read it a bunch more.

Jul 23, 2019 - 12:18:23 PM
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rinemb

USA

11513 posts since 5/24/2005

I survived my two years having a motorcycle as my only means of transportation. Too many close calls, consider myself very fortunate. Brad

Jul 23, 2019 - 1:49:46 PM

mander

USA

3703 posts since 10/7/2007

Glad you are here to tell the tale!

Jul 23, 2019 - 2:18:36 PM

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I always appreciate you posting and reading this. Even out in the middle of nowhere in the country...it aint safe ridin' a motor-sickle! Too many nuts on the roads....glad you made it pard!

Dow

Jul 23, 2019 - 2:32:05 PM

1153 posts since 1/31/2011

I'm glad you're alive. I had alot of close calls on my bikes and lost a few friends.

That was a very interesting read, the dialect and all. I can't imagine that as a parent or grandparent.

Jul 23, 2019 - 3:08:28 PM

jwold

USA

1096 posts since 7/21/2004

Glad you survived. Everyone I've met that's ever been a motorcycle rider has their 'accident story' and hearing two or three has led me to never want to ride a motorcycle...ever.
No ill will to any of you that enjoy riding, just wasn't my thing. My dad took a motorcycle riding class and got his license in his late 70's, just because it was on his bucket list to learn and never rode one after that, "Way too dangerous!" he said.

Jul 24, 2019 - 1:21:41 PM

figmo59

USA

29191 posts since 3/5/2008

You just keep postin it Randy..

Good reminder to not take annathin fer granted..

:0/

Jul 24, 2019 - 10:21:26 PM

52157 posts since 12/14/2005

quote:
Originally posted by figmo59

You just keep postin it Randy..

Good reminder to not take annathin fer granted..

:0/


Like Clint Eastwood's burglar character said to the detective who said "See you tomorrow"

 

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