A crowd gathered to protect me...

by ROAD iD Staff May 21, 2021

I was out for a run in downtown Columbus, and while crossing a busy five lane intersection (in the cross-walk, with the walk signal), I was hit by a truck on my right side. Instead of hitting the brakes, the elderly driver had panicked and hit the gas. When he finally did hit the brakes, I was violently thrown into the middle of the intersection. 

Immediately, 15 or so bystanders crowded around to protect me from the traffic and attempt to calm my screams. As I was lying on the ground, writhing in pain, unable to speak, I lifted my wrist to show my Road ID to a college student who had stopped to help. Because of my ID, she was able to call my girlfriend who was able to contact my mother, sister, and roommates. I didn't know my girlfriend's number from memory, so even if I had been able to speak, I would have been useless!

While in the back of the ambulance, it was calming to know that my friends and family would be waiting for me at the hospital. Miraculously, I came out of the ordeal with no broken bones, although I did suffer extreme deep-tissue bruising and some road rash. Overall, I was very lucky!

On behalf of my family, I want to say THANK YOU ROAD ID for your wonderful products. 


- Stephen .W from Columbus, OH