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My worst nightmare.
« on: June 11, 2019, 02:56:00 pm »


A 22-year-old motorcyclist is fighting for his life in hospital after a bakkie collided with him, sending him flying as he waited at a traffic light in Bloemfontein.

A man driving the white bakkie hit Jason Pieterse in the early hours of Saturday morning in Zastron Street.

Pieterse miraculously survived the crash and is fighting for his life in ICU at Pelonomi hospital.

His father, Johan Pieterse, told TimesLIVE on Tuesday that the family became frantic when he did not arrive home.

Pieterse said they started phoning people close to Jason to ask about his whereabouts.

"I asked my eldest son to phone the police to ask them if there was an accident reported."

He said the police suggested they contact Pelonomi hospital as that is where patients were often taken.

"When he phoned Pelonomi hospital they told us that my child has been lying there since 2:08am on Saturday. We then rushed to the hospital."

Pieterse said Jason, a part-time mechanic, had since regained consciousness but had fractures, and swelling and bleeding in the brain.

"The doctors suspect that he would probably have to go for a brain operation too, but they will only make a decision next week Tuesday when the swelling should have subsided."

Pieterse said the man who drove into his son brought his bike to their house on Sunday morning. "It looks like he picked his bike up and loaded it on his bakkie, but the Sunday he brought the bike in a different car.

"I personally met the guy, but he was very deceitful and told me that my son drove into him. I actually believed him and thanked him for being honest."

Pieterse said he saw the video of the incident only on Monday morning.

"You have no idea how I am feeling. When you are a father and someone does that to your child ..." an emotional Pieterse said.

"We can't thank the Lord enough. We just want to say thank you to friends, family and strangers for the support and prayers. The police and all the medical staff at Pelonomi supported us tremendously. We can't thank them enough for everything they have done for us."

Police spokesperson Const Wendy Nkabi confirmed that a reckless and negligent driving case had been opened.

She said the driver of the motorbike suffered head, chest and leg injuries and was first taken to Mediclinic before being transferred to Pelonomi hospital.

Nkabi said the driver of the bakkie fled the scene.

No arrests had been made, Nkabi said.


https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2019-06-11-watch-bloemfontein-biker-fighting-for-his-life-after-red-robot-crash/

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Re: My worst nightmare.
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2019, 02:57:50 pm »
Yep.  Mine too.
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Re: My worst nightmare.
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2019, 03:04:13 pm »
faaaaaaaaaaaahck.  Thats bad.


I always try brake multiple times to let the light flash on and off and hopefully alert any muppets behind me.  Still hate sitting at the front of the queue if I haven't lane split up there.
 

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Re: My worst nightmare.
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2019, 03:09:39 pm »
Last week as I was sitting waiting for a red at the Milnerton Highschool on Marine Drive a container truck came barreling down on me.

There are few things that make you feel small, standing at the edge of the Grand Canyon, contemplating the size of our galaxy, or watching a rusty truck with questionable maintenance in your rear mirror wondering if it is going to stop.

I hope this laaitie is OK and although it will be a long recovery I hope all goes well.

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Re: My worst nightmare.
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2019, 03:11:18 pm »
 :o

I hope that Jason have a full recovery from this and that the reckless driver will get what he deserves.

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Re: My worst nightmare.
« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2019, 03:14:13 pm »
So the driver basically had his eyes closed.. WTF

Another chop on his phone.
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Re: My worst nightmare.
« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2019, 03:16:02 pm »
This exact type of incident happened to me some years ago in Durban. Luckily the intersection was clear of traffic at the time. The guy that drove into the rear of me did not even try to brake, goodness knows if I were not there he would've gone straight into the intersection and crashed into the opposite wall anyway (it was a T-junction).

Ever since I have the habit of stopping on the line (between lanes, so to speak) to maximise space for vehicles, and to keep a vigilant eye on my rear view mirror for approaching traffic from the rear. Even so, a few times I have had to speed off to prevent being collided with from the rear.

This is also why the CANSwitch product I developed has the option of continuing to flash the rear lights while you are stationary. Every bit of attention helps.
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Re: My worst nightmare.
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2019, 03:16:37 pm »
I don't ride in the evening often but every now and then

I had a meeting close to that area a week or so ago and the meeting ended when it was already dark.

I had to drive home through that area. 

Gives me the shivers!!

Glad he survived the initial hit (already a huge blessing)  Now the long recovery...
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Re: My worst nightmare.
« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2019, 03:19:34 pm »
So the driver basically had his eyes closed.. WTF

Another chop on his phone.

Or perhaps a drunk driver seeing that the incident happened at about 02h and last rounds at the bar is usually around 01:30  :patch:

Two weekends ago I went to fetch my girlfriends mother from the hospital at about 01:30 and I was surprised to see how many cars don't stop or even slow down at intersections or stop streets.
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Re: My worst nightmare.
« Reply #9 on: June 11, 2019, 03:25:15 pm »
I have the habit of stopping on the line (between lanes, so to speak) to maximise space for vehicles, and to keep a vigilant eye on my rear view mirror for approaching traffic from the rear.

what he said.
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Re: My worst nightmare.
« Reply #10 on: June 11, 2019, 03:28:12 pm »
Jeepers that's massively irresponsible, his action should carry a jail sentence and community hours in a trauma unit + he needs to get bliksemed HARD! Strange how a helmet just pops off like that, has happened to me even though it was a correct size helmet and tied on properly, was a PoS Lafe though.
 

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Re: My worst nightmare.
« Reply #11 on: June 11, 2019, 04:14:43 pm »
Ever since I have the habit of stopping on the line (between lanes, so to speak) to maximise space for vehicles, and to keep a vigilant eye on my rear view mirror for approaching traffic from the rear. Even so, a few times I have had to speed off to prevent being collided with from the rear.

Same here.
It saved my bacon once (8:30 in the morning) when a stupid c#nt in a half tonner bakkie realized too late that there was a red light (and me) ahead of him
It is moerse humbling when a bakkie comes sliding past you sideways halfway across an intersection.


This video however was horrifying to watch.

Indeed one of my worst nightmares as well.

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Re: My worst nightmare.
« Reply #12 on: June 11, 2019, 04:26:13 pm »
Sandton BMW fitted a proper Brake light on my mates 1250
i am going to fit the same brake light on my bike when it goes for a service (will post picture when done ) :thumleft:
 

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Re: My worst nightmare.
« Reply #13 on: June 11, 2019, 04:42:35 pm »
Sandton BMW fitted a proper Brake light on my mates 1250
i am going to fit the same brake light on my bike when it goes for a service (will post picture when done ) :thumleft:

How would this thing have seen a massive brake light, if he missed all 4 traffic lights on bright red?

This makes me so tired of this shithole we live in, how we have to adapt our road habits to cater for those criminals in cars.

"No arrests have been made" . Hello!
 
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« Reply #14 on: June 11, 2019, 04:50:57 pm »
Wow that hurts to watch  :eek7: Reminds me of a time a woman drove me off my 1100GS whilst standing stationary waiting for traffic to pass. She literally came out of a side road and headed straight for me. Managed to jump off with impact and fell a massive dent into her car with out injury. She/her insurance then proceeded to make a case of reckless driving against me  :BangHead:
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Re: My worst nightmare.
« Reply #15 on: June 11, 2019, 05:01:49 pm »
Always thought this would never happen to me as I watch the rear view mirror very often (A BMW instructor guy said most bikers get taken out from the back or by vehicles doing U turns and it stuck with me). Still got hit while stopped at a red light. Between checking the mirror and looking away for a second, shit happens. I was working so had to take the car that day.

Have thought of going full LED to improve visibility but the dude that hit me didn't even notice a white bakkie with very good brake lights in his lane till it was too late.
 

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« Reply #16 on: June 11, 2019, 05:03:02 pm »
Wow that hurts to watch  :eek7: Reminds me of a time a woman drove me off my 1100GS whilst standing stationary waiting for traffic to pass. She literally came out of a side road and headed straight for me. Managed to jump off with impact and fell a massive dent into her car with out injury. She/her insurance then proceeded to make a case of reckless driving against me  :BangHead:
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Re: My worst nightmare.
« Reply #17 on: June 11, 2019, 05:34:22 pm »
Sandton BMW fitted a proper Brake light on my mates 1250
i am going to fit the same brake light on my bike when it goes for a service (will post picture when done ) :thumleft:

How would this thing have seen a massive brake light, if he missed all 4 traffic lights on bright red?

This makes me so tired of this shithole we live in, how we have to adapt our road habits to cater for those criminals in cars.

"No arrests have been made" . Hello!

besides all the wishes for the victim , i am sure we all feel the same , this post is the most relevant

as long as no action is taken against kants in our lives , it will only get worse
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Re: My worst nightmare.
« Reply #18 on: June 11, 2019, 06:02:35 pm »
Fark sakes. Yes you need eyes in the back of your head when you ride a bike. Watch those rear view mirrors guys. There are some farkin  stupid people out there.
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Re: My worst nightmare.
« Reply #19 on: June 11, 2019, 06:09:40 pm »
Fucker in the bakkie will go 'Sorry'
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