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June 04, 2008

Tragedy and Miracle on the Road in Mexico


A car plowed into a bike race along a highway near the U.S.-Mexico border, in Matamoros, killing one and injuring 10 other riders, on Sunday.

The 28-year-old driver was apparently drunk and fell asleep at the wheel.

This story just blew me away when I heard about it, yesterday, from my friend Steve Kennedy, of the new cycling, hiking, touring blog, Freeway Soul.

On FOX NEWS, this afternoon, the guy on the left, still on his bike, was interviewed by phone by Shepard Smith, and the tale he tells is amazing.

He saw the car coming, and tried to warn the other cyclists.

The car missed him by 5 inches.

The red helmeted cyclist, on the ground behind him, was not hurt, but the guy in the yellow jersey, in the center of the photo, suffered a fractured skull, but survived.

Both riders were just 14 years old.

How Jose Fidelino Vera Hernandez, of the AP, was able to capture the original shot is beyond me.

Talk about being in the right place at the right time!

June 4, 2008 in Share the Road, and Trail: Safety Matters! | Permalink


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