I ran outside my bar to the scene of an accident two hours ago to discover a motorcyle rider trapped under a late model Mazda with a very low chassis. Just his feet were sticking out from the front. He wasn’t run over by the wheels, the chassis of the car must have slid over his helmet and stopped on his chest. A friend of mine tried to crawl under and dislodge him, but the rider was too tightly pinned at the chest. He checked the rider for a pulse, but there was none.
I was running for my hydraulic jack in my truck just as the ambulances showed up and asked for help to lift the car manually. About six of us managed to get the car high enough so the EMTs could pull him out.
They started CPR and oxygen, but it was apparent by the shape of his chest and the deep grooves left by his clothes on the skin of his chest that there was no way this guy could have been breathing for the 5 minutes or so that he was pinned. It was also obvious that it was too late. There is a hospital 500 meters down the road and they couldn’t revive him either.
Apparently this guy was clipped from behind and his bike spun out into the other lane. He fell off facing the oncoming traffic and was run over by the Mazda. The street outside is two lanes each direction and people tend to drive a bit too fast on that stretch. Didn’t seem like any of the people involved were drinking, but speed could have been a factor.
Tired of seeing dead bodies on the street in Taiwan, just tired.
Ride and drive slowly and carefully, please!