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(Stuff.co.nz)   "I landed on my back, sat up and looked at my right leg, which was no longer attached to my body. My femoral artery was flowing blood like a hose. I knew that in a few minutes I would be dead"   (stuff.co.nz) divider line 71
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2013-11-10 09:24:06 PM  
from TFA:

Both my wrists were broken, my left leg was shattered beyond belief, my right leg was gone above the knee. I knew I was in bad shape.


Yikes !!

/just canceled  any thoughts about ever owning a motorcycle
 
2013-11-10 09:35:18 PM  
I hate when that happens.
 
2013-11-10 09:40:13 PM  
Amazing read. Guy knows how to live life.
 
2013-11-10 09:49:36 PM  
Jesus.  Yeah.  Notice he is riding a motorcycle again?  Probably figures....Hey what are the odds of that happening again?"

Fact: The exact same, plus side-already missing that leg.
 
2013-11-10 09:54:47 PM  
I wonder who led during their wedding dance?

/aisle seat
//Holy fark. It was probably a contest between his left and right nuts, which (by my estimation) are each qualified substitutes for his missing leg...
 
2013-11-10 10:15:06 PM  
The worst part of the story is that he tried to sue the woman who hit him, but it got thrown out of court. The judge said he didn't have a leg to stand on.

/I'm sorry
 
2013-11-10 10:50:24 PM  
My leg was right out in the middle of the street. I remember lying in the gutter and bleeding and shiat, staring at my leg, right next to a beer can. And I remember thinking, that's my leg... I wonder if there's any beer in that can.

--Feck
 
2013-11-11 01:05:15 AM  
Ouch that had to hurt.
 
2013-11-11 01:08:02 AM  
The people at the scene sounded awesome. I fear I might be useless in such a situation.
 
2013-11-11 01:13:46 AM  
"combined force of over 120kph "

Yeah but how many watts of speed? How many joules of time?
 
2013-11-11 01:15:34 AM  
I guess they couldn't reattach his leg?
 
2013-11-11 01:17:16 AM  
Man, that was more sickening than gore videos I've seen.
 
2013-11-11 01:18:28 AM  
static2.stuff.co.nz

She kinda reminds me of Craig Ferguson's makeup girl.

i.ytimg.com

And how is it the Internet isn't flooded with pictures of those two?
 
2013-11-11 01:23:04 AM  
Fake. You can tell, everyone knows December is in the middle of winter.

/couldn't resist.
 
2013-11-11 01:24:23 AM  
I first thought it was about that infamous picture from the Boston Bombings. I think everyone remembers that one.
 
2013-11-11 01:27:10 AM  
An amazing story, very awesome how he kept his cool and handled his business.

If it was a truly just world - the 18 year old thief who caused this would have her leg publicly severed in the same manner to serve as a daily reminder to her how much of a fark up she is.

Of course -- the world being what it is, she probably got away with some petty charge and 60 days in jail and zero financial responsibility.
 
2013-11-11 01:29:17 AM  
I've been putting off buying a motorcycle for about a year. In fact, I was at the dealer again Friday. But every time I get ready to write a check, some jerk like this pops up in the news and harshes my happy. Jerk.
 
2013-11-11 01:30:30 AM  

Quantum Apostrophe: "combined force of over 120kph "

Yeah but how many watts of speed? How many joules of time?


What would that be in parsecs?
 
2013-11-11 01:30:50 AM  
Not so CSB, I have been in the hospital since Aug 15 after taking the ditch while trying to avoid some asshat on a bicycle. 3 months out of your life really blows.
 
2013-11-11 01:33:37 AM  

Philbb: Quantum Apostrophe: "combined force of over 120kph "

Yeah but how many watts of speed? How many joules of time?

What would that be in parsecs?


About 13 stone.
 
2013-11-11 01:40:59 AM  

MayoSlather: The people at the scene sounded awesome. I fear I might be useless in such a situation.


Not if the guy had told you what to do.
 
2013-11-11 01:43:21 AM  
I'd like to say he's just another staunch Kiwi but realistically there's only a small proportion of any population that can show this sort of resilience
 
2013-11-11 01:49:31 AM  
Friend of mine's fiancée was killed in a moto'cycle accident last year.  Driver clipped his front tire and he fell off the bike right into the path of a semi at freeway speeds.  Died at the scene.  This was 2 months before my wedding.  My wife has banned motorcycle riding and I've not fought it.  Even though it was my sole form of motorized transportation for many years and I still rode frequently after I got a car, maybe I'm done with motorcycles.  Seems like there's just too much to live for right now.

/CSB
 
2013-11-11 01:49:41 AM  
Ridiculously photogenic fiancee.
 
2013-11-11 01:50:09 AM  
Natalia Berkland was the car thief who hit him.

" the girl (natalia berkland ) got a 2 year disqual from driving , and 6 months of nightime home detention only . no jail time ..... she got pregnant to avoid jail .... no insurance , but that doesnt matter over here , you dont need insurance to drive or ride ....and no money compensation awarded from the judge .....the girl is as dumb as a bag of hammers... "

Source
 
2013-11-11 01:59:22 AM  

thatboyoverthere: I first thought it was about that infamous picture from the Boston Bombings. I think everyone remembers that one.


Ditto, but can't say I was disappointed. Big brass ovaries, that one.

/though, now that I think of it, I think it was his left femoral artery the guy was holding, not the right
 
2013-11-11 02:04:25 AM  

Quantum Apostrophe: "combined force of over 120kph "

Yeah but how many watts of speed? How many joules of time?


Mythbusters proved this to be false.
 
2013-11-11 02:05:30 AM  

memebot_of_doom: Natalia Berkland was the car thief who hit him.

" the girl (natalia berkland ) got a 2 year disqual from driving , and 6 months of nightime home detention only . no jail time ..... she got pregnant to avoid jail .... no insurance , but that doesnt matter over here , you dont need insurance to drive or ride ....and no money compensation awarded from the judge .....the girl is as dumb as a bag of hammers... "

Source


So, she reproduced. Lovely.
 
2013-11-11 02:06:15 AM  
Am I the only one who is creeped out by his then fiance hovering over the bed with that smile?  I'd think that even 9 hours after that horrific accident she would be tired and concerned, Even though she is in a uniform, she is a communications person, not a paramedic or anyone else that deals first hand with trauma.
 
2013-11-11 02:07:54 AM  

Notabunny: I've been putting off buying a motorcycle for about a year. In fact, I was at the dealer again Friday. But every time I get ready to write a check, some jerk like this pops up in the news and harshes my happy. Jerk.


Having seen a friends back and leg after he had to dump his bike was enough for me!

memebot_of_doom: Natalia Berkland was the car thief who hit him.

" the girl (natalia berkland ) got a 2 year disqual from driving , and 6 months of nightime home detention only . no jail time ..... she got pregnant to avoid jail .... no insurance , but that doesnt matter over here , you dont need insurance to drive or ride ....and no money compensation awarded from the judge .....the girl is as dumb as a bag of hammers... "

Source


wonder if their judicial system is anything like ours....as in wonder if she is really good looking?
 
2013-11-11 02:10:47 AM  

SearchN: memebot_of_doom: Natalia Berkland was the car thief who hit him.

" the girl (natalia berkland ) got a 2 year disqual from driving , and 6 months of nightime home detention only . no jail time ..... she got pregnant to avoid jail .... no insurance , but that doesnt matter over here , you dont need insurance to drive or ride ....and no money compensation awarded from the judge .....the girl is as dumb as a bag of hammers... "

Source

So, she reproduced. Lovely.


So, now we have finally answered the question of how babby is formed.
 
2013-11-11 02:14:40 AM  

Farktastic: Am I the only one who is creeped out by his then fiance hovering over the bed with that smile?  I'd think that even 9 hours after that horrific accident she would be tired and concerned, Even though she is in a uniform, she is a communications person, not a paramedic or anyone else that deals first hand with trauma.


Creeped out? No. Hell no.

Admiring her brave spirit? Yes. Hell yes.
 
2013-11-11 02:15:00 AM  
static2.stuff.co.nz
 
2013-11-11 02:24:28 AM  

Farktastic: Am I the only one who is creeped out by his then fiance hovering over the bed with that smile?  I'd think that even 9 hours after that horrific accident she would be tired and concerned, Even though she is in a uniform, she is a communications person, not a paramedic or anyone else that deals first hand with trauma.


It's a fairly ingrained reaction to smile when someone takes a picture, and she was probably in shock. Or else she was just really, really happy about him being almost dead.
 
2013-11-11 02:24:31 AM  

SearchN: [static2.stuff.co.nz image 360x433]



Forgot to add, guy looks like he is pretty happy.
 
2013-11-11 02:39:02 AM  
okayokayokayokay... I give up.  He wins ;)
 
2013-11-11 02:49:12 AM  

fusillade762: [static2.stuff.co.nz image 618x340]

She kinda reminds me of Craig Ferguson's makeup girl.


I was going to say Kirsten Dunst, but either way she's certainly very pretty.
 
2013-11-11 02:51:39 AM  

Farktastic: Am I the only one who is creeped out by his then fiance hovering over the bed with that smile?  I'd think that even 9 hours after that horrific accident she would be tired and concerned, Even though she is in a uniform, she is a communications person, not a paramedic or anyone else that deals first hand with trauma.


She could be thrilled he was alive and stable.

Or in semi-shocked or tired state and did her trained reaction to a camera and smiled out of habit.
 
2013-11-11 02:59:15 AM  
I had a coworker who was rear ended by a moron on a sports bike when he was on his bike waiting at a red light.  He lost 90% of his sight (now legally blind) and one leg.  Best damn DBA I ever worked with.
 
2013-11-11 02:59:31 AM  

Farktastic: Am I the only one who is creeped out by his then fiance hovering over the bed with that smile?  I'd think that even 9 hours after that horrific accident she would be tired and concerned, Even though she is in a uniform, she is a communications person, not a paramedic or anyone else that deals first hand with trauma.


Maybe she arranged the 'hit'

/kidding
 
2013-11-11 02:59:32 AM  
Stories like this have a dark undercurrent if you're single or have a small circle of acquaintances.
 
2013-11-11 03:07:57 AM  
Good on him for getting right back up and carrying on with living :)

Not so impressed with the 18 year old *grrr*
 
2013-11-11 03:13:52 AM  
I'm sorry, but this whole story reads like some sort of brag, rather than an amazing story of survival. Maybe it's the first-person point of view. Maybe it's the constant reminders to the reader that he was the one who saved his own life by telling others what to do and "just deciding" to live. Maybe it's the general tone of the writing. Either way, it feels like a guy boasting that he's tougher than you, has more interesting scars than you, and has a hotter wife than you.

In short, it's typical New Zealand writing.
 
2013-11-11 03:22:48 AM  

wax_on: Friend of mine's fiancée was killed in a moto'cycle accident last year.  Driver clipped his front tire and he fell off the bike right into the path of a semi at freeway speeds.  Died at the scene.  This was 2 months before my wedding.  My wife has banned motorcycle riding and I've not fought it.  Even though it was my sole form of motorized transportation for many years and I still rode frequently after I got a car, maybe I'm done with motorcycles.  Seems like there's just too much to live for right now.

/CSB


My fiancee used to ride, but she quit not long after having her kid. Honestly, I'm grateful for that, because I've seen firsthand what a motorcycle wreck can do to the rider. I never rode motorcycles, but I did ride mopeds (which it can be argued are more dangerous because they have a top speed of 45 and drivers around you have an obnoxious habit of tailgating if you aren't doing 50 in a 35 when you're on a two-wheeled vehicle, but  you can't go faster  even if you want to on a moped.)  My last moped (technically, under state law, a "scooter") was a Honda Metropolitan II. Nice bike. I loved it, but didn't enjoy the dangerous way people in cars would f♥ck with me while I was riding.

My policy now is not to pilot anything on the road that doesn't fully enclose the driver and passengers. That means I don't even mess with convertables or open jeeps.

If tragedy occurs, I want a protective shell, airbags, and some guarantee that nobody will go flying into the road head-first. I lost a loved one that way, already.
 
2013-11-11 03:24:20 AM  

OgreMagi: I had a coworker who was rear ended by a moron on a sports bike when he was on his bike waiting at a red light.  He lost 90% of his sight (now legally blind) and one leg.  Best damn DBA I ever worked with.


You don't usually see bike-on-bike accidents.
 
2013-11-11 03:29:22 AM  
Damn that made me teary!
 
2013-11-11 03:57:08 AM  
Sure, your leg is lying on the road several feet away, and your losing blood like the Exxon Valdez losing oil, but the one question all real bike riders will ask before losing consciousness - How's my bike?
 
2013-11-11 04:14:36 AM  
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img.thesun.co.uk
 
2013-11-11 05:19:01 AM  

ZeroCorpse: wax_on: Friend of mine's fiancée was killed in a moto'cycle accident last year.  Driver clipped his front tire and he fell off the bike right into the path of a semi at freeway speeds.  Died at the scene.  This was 2 months before my wedding.  My wife has banned motorcycle riding and I've not fought it.  Even though it was my sole form of motorized transportation for many years and I still rode frequently after I got a car, maybe I'm done with motorcycles.  Seems like there's just too much to live for right now.

/CSB

My fiancee used to ride, but she quit not long after having her kid. Honestly, I'm grateful for that, because I've seen firsthand what a motorcycle wreck can do to the rider. I never rode motorcycles, but I did ride mopeds (which it can be argued are more dangerous because they have a top speed of 45 and drivers around you have an obnoxious habit of tailgating if you aren't doing 50 in a 35 when you're on a two-wheeled vehicle, but  you can't go faster  even if you want to on a moped.)  My last moped (technically, under state law, a "scooter") was a Honda Metropolitan II. Nice bike. I loved it, but didn't enjoy the dangerous way people in cars would f♥ck with me while I was riding.

My policy now is not to pilot anything on the road that doesn't fully enclose the driver and passengers. That means I don't even mess with convertables or open jeeps.

If tragedy occurs, I want a protective shell, airbags, and some guarantee that nobody will go flying into the road head-first. I lost a loved one that way, already.


So, basically, you're neither wise not brave.
 
2013-11-11 05:56:21 AM  
Years ago I was watching one of those real life emergency room type shows and there was a guy brought in who was hit on his motorcycle. By the time it was all said and done he had three limbs amputated, I don't remember what ones, but he was left with either one hand or one foot.

Guy was a lifelong rider, followed all the rules, wearing a helmet and everything else, but all that is meaningless when someone else hits you.
 
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