A reader of my blog emailed me last night asking that I post something about an accident that happened in Los Angeles back in June.
16 year old Carissa Bodner was with a large group of bicyclists late in the night on June 16th when a drunk driver evidently plowed right into them, sending Carissa and I believe several others flying. Carissa survived the crash but her and her family are now facing monstrous hospital bills and the road to recovery is still very long ahead of them. Below are links to a more in-depth blog posting, news reports and other information regarding this incident.
The family is asking for help raising the $3,000 they need to pay “co-pays” in order for the insurance to pick up the remaining tab. From what I’ve read so far, the police report/ investigation is taking some time to conclude so many things are still unclear and unsettled – such as if the women driving the car had insurance or not.
I do not know Carissa, her family or the woman who emailed me and asked that I re-post. I decided to re-post because it seemed the least that I could do to help. I am not asking that you donate to the cause – if you decide to do so that is entirely up to you. I am simply asking you to take a minute and look at what has transpired. Drinking and driving is a major problem in this country. People don’t ever intend to go out and get hammered and then jump in their car and crash into people on the way home, but it continues to happen all the time.
Personally, I am also a biker. Portland is a very bicycle-friendly town but it’s still scary out there riding beside cars when you’ve got nothing around your body to protect you. I don’t often bike at night because I am afraid of exactly what happened to Carissa happening to me; this whole thing hits very close to home for me. It wasn’t me this time but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t be tomorrow. So everyone, be careful out there. Go out, have fun, drink away, but don’t drive home. Take a bus, a cab, the light rail – anything but your own car. You never know what’s going to happen.