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July 18, 2012
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Letter to the Editor: Reflecting on my brush with death

I had a brush with death last Thursday and would like to thank the driver who saved my life. I was bicycling down Country Club Drive, near the top, getting used to the new adjustments on my bike. I got going too fast and my hand wasn’t positioned to be able to grip the brake forcefully enough to slow me down as I came to the first sharp turn. I lost control of my bicycle, rode/slid into the oncoming lane, with a car coming around the corner directly toward me. I saw my life pass before my eyes.

The man driving that car was paying attention, made a split-second decision, and swerved off the road, avoiding a head on collision. I owe that man my life, or at least my well-being. He continued up the road and I continued down the road, so I never got to thank him.

As I reflected on the many lessons from this experience (slow down, be more careful, etc.) the one I was most impressed with was that if that driver had been a distracted driver, I might not be here today. I wondered if I would have passed that test.

Johanna Koch

Incline Village

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Jul 18, 2012 03:31PM Published Jul 18, 2012 03:30PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.