First Responders Had No Idea Who I Was

by ROAD iD Staff May 26, 2021

On Thursday, August 6, 2020, I left my house at 6:30 a.m. to go for an early morning, 25 mile bike ride.

The weather was great, the ride was great, and the workout was great; until, when I was 1/4 mile from my home, a pickup truck blew through a stop sign and we collided. The following is according to police and medical reports— I was knocked unconscious and the first responders had no idea who I was until upon arrival at the hospital where they noticed my ROAD iD located on my Apple Watch band.

My friend Holly had checked for me on the Find Friends app and could see I was arriving at the University of Utah Medical Center, which was not on my ride route. She immediately tried texting me and I did not respond. She was contacted by the hospital, as she is my #1 contact person on my ROAD iD. She finally made her way to the hospital where outside the hospital (due to Covid Protocol), staff confirmed I was in the ER.

In concert with the app and ROAD iD, I cannot believe there is any person alive who runs, or especially rides a bike, who would not get a ROAD iD. I was in ICU for three days and Trauma for one day and can only vaguely remember anything. I have been a ROAD iD believer for over ten years and I give you credit for possibly saving my life. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

-Karl R., Salt Lake City