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Car crash video: Dave Erickson struck by car during Titanium Man Olympic Triathlon

Posted Sep 05 2011 1:17pm


The 3 Rivers Road Runners club hosted their annual Titanium Man Olympic Triathlon in Kennewick, Washington on Saturday.  It was the fifth and final event in the Multisport Series.  The weather conditions were near perfect.  Nearly 200 beginner and elite triathletes participated including EverymanTRI contributing reporter Dave Erickson who was hit by a vehicle at mile 18 on the bike course.

Dave had a GoPro HD video camera mounted on his handlebars and caught the entire accident on video.  In the video below you can see the Ford Excursion speeding down the road after passing at least three competitors.  The intersection was manned by local law enforcement and race volunteers directing traffic. 

According to Dave, without coming to a stop or signally, the vehicle turns right into a gas station parking lot, crossing the only path available to the cyclist.  Dave was going about 25 miles per hour at the time.  Dave sustained a bloody elbow, lower leg plus your typical road rash but amazingly was otherwise alright.  His $3,500 carbon fiber triathlon specific bike was not safe to ride afterwards and was pushed the next 6 miles into transition.

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