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Roethlisberger Told He Was Close to Dying (Late Accident Report)
yahoonews.com ^ | 7/13/06 | unknown

Posted on 07/13/2006 4:57:51 AM PDT by beyond the sea

BRISTOL, Conn. - Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said Wednesday night that he was told he was "seconds, maybe a minute away from dying" immediately after his motorcycle accident last month.

Roethlisberger, in his first interview since the June 12 accident, told ESPN's "SportsCenter" that he doesn't remember much about the accident when he rammed his motorcycle into a car that was making a left turn in front of him on a Pittsburgh street. He did, however, remember what he was told by people at the scene.

"They told me that I was literally seconds, maybe a minute away from dying because I slit a vein or artery in my mouth or my throat and it was draining blood right into my stomach and luckily the paramedic noticed it and stopped it or else I would have had too much blood in my stomach," he said in Los Angeles where he was for the taping of the ESPY Awards.

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KEYWORDS: bike; biker; football; generalchat; motorcycle; roethlisberger; steelers
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Yoi, double yoi!
1 posted on 07/13/2006 4:57:54 AM PDT by beyond the sea
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To: RightWhale; Dane; unix; MadelineZapeezda; suburban_republican; HamiltonJay; PittsburghAfterDark; ...

Closeness only counts in horseshoes, coits, and grenades ............. ping.


2 posted on 07/13/2006 5:00:19 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Sean Vanity --- Exciting, Exclusive New Developments in the Duke Rape Case -- BARF)
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To: beyond the sea
Yeah, I thought that the accident looked a lot more serious than we were led to believe...

I'm glad he made it.

He knows what mistakes were made, so as a rider, I'm not going judge him.

Pardon the pun, but he doesn't need any "armchair quarterbacks".
3 posted on 07/13/2006 5:03:25 AM PDT by baltodog (R.I.P. Balto: 2001(?) - 2005)
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To: baltodog
I hear you.

****

"They told me that I was literally seconds, maybe a minute away from dying

Hey Ben ......... I was dying when Bettis fumbled that ball down at the goal line in Indianapolis. Thanks for that tackle.

;-)

4 posted on 07/13/2006 5:07:33 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Sean Vanity --- Exciting, Exclusive New Developments in the Duke Rape Case -- BARF)
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To: beyond the sea

He did, however, remember what he was told by people at the scene.

"They told me that I was literally seconds, maybe a minute away from dying"

Boy, I sure hope if I am ever in an accident, that these people aren't at the scene of my accident.


5 posted on 07/13/2006 5:09:43 AM PDT by babydoll22 (The facts ma'am, just the facts. I don't give a s**t how you feel.)
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To: babydoll22
Boy, I sure hope if I am ever in an accident, that these people aren't at the scene of my accident.

Why? They supposedly STOPPED the death threatening bleeding.

6 posted on 07/13/2006 5:13:06 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Sean Vanity --- Exciting, Exclusive New Developments in the Duke Rape Case -- BARF)
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To: All; Supernatural; Echo Talon
"I have no concerns about Ben," Cowher said backstage. "He's going to have to get hit a couple times to see if he's all the way back.

Don’t put him on a bike, Bill, to get those hits.

;-)

7 posted on 07/13/2006 5:17:28 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Sean Vanity --- Exciting, Exclusive New Developments in the Duke Rape Case -- BARF)
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To: beyond the sea
the accident when he rammed his motorcycle into a car that was making a left turn in front of him

How does a driver making a turn into the path of the motorcycle become Ben's fault? Did Ben intentionally hit the car?

8 posted on 07/13/2006 5:31:40 AM PDT by rabidralph
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To: rabidralph

That's exactly WHY you need a helmut: OTHER DRIVERS can kill you!


9 posted on 07/13/2006 5:35:56 AM PDT by period end of story
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To: beyond the sea

I'd like to know how Bettis repayed Roth. It had to have been something really nice.


10 posted on 07/13/2006 5:42:00 AM PDT by montomike (If you didn't find this funny and were offended...have a riot.)
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To: beyond the sea

Ben, when you are on a bike without a helmet, you are always seconds from dying.


11 posted on 07/13/2006 5:50:48 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: rabidralph
How does a driver making a turn into the path of the motorcycle become Ben's fault? Did Ben intentionally hit the car?

Maybe he was going too fast and couldn't stop.

12 posted on 07/13/2006 5:52:18 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: beyond the sea
Closeness only counts in horseshoes, coits, and grenades ............. ping.

Closeness also counts with nuclear bombs.

13 posted on 07/13/2006 5:54:38 AM PDT by Panzerfaust
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To: Right Wing Assault

The driver of the car probably didn't even see him. Many people are blind to the presence of bikes. They don't expect to see them.


14 posted on 07/13/2006 5:57:02 AM PDT by RobbyS ( CHIRHO)
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To: Right Wing Assault

Also, it only takes a split second of carelessness and...


15 posted on 07/13/2006 5:58:01 AM PDT by period end of story
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To: rabidralph

"How does a driver making a turn into the path of the motorcycle become Ben's fault? Did Ben intentionally hit the car?"

Easy, Ben was inexperienced. He did NOT have respect for the intersection. He entered that zone with mind of cager.

He left that zone with "intersection allergy" of an experienced rider.

Two kinds of rider: them that been down, them that are going down.

The first respects the intersection, and believes the oncoming is aiming. The second trusts oncoming traffic.

That's why helmets are still required in PA.

If you have the experience, then we say, you have the option to ride without.


16 posted on 07/13/2006 6:08:10 AM PDT by Al Gator (Refusing to "stoop to your enemy's level", gets you cut off at the knees.)
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To: beyond the sea
"They told me that I was literally seconds, maybe a minute away from dying because I slit a vein or artery in my mouth or my throat and it was draining blood right into my stomach and luckily the paramedic noticed it and stopped it or else I would have had too much blood in my stomach," he said ...

How does blood "drain" into one's stomach? You'd need to swallow it first.

I would assume the paramedic used a tourniquet.

17 posted on 07/13/2006 6:12:00 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: beyond the sea

I dunno... if this had been the case I can't imagine the press around here not finding it out.... Lets face it, that was the biggest news story to hit pittsburgh in a LONG time... every hound in town was selling their soul to scoop on this one.


18 posted on 07/13/2006 6:12:05 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: Al Gator
That's why helmets are still required in PA.

Uh, no they're not.

19 posted on 07/13/2006 6:16:12 AM PDT by airborne (Satan's greatest trick was convincing people he doesn't exist.)
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To: Panzerfaust
Closeness only counts in horseshoes, coits, and grenades ............. ping.

Closeness also counts with nuclear bombs.

Slow Dancing and Shaving?

20 posted on 07/13/2006 6:18:31 AM PDT by akorahil (Thank You and God bless all Veterans. Truly, the real heroes.)
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To: baltodog

Basically the mistake was simple, he is 24 and had great success and lots of cash.... He thought he was invincible, like most kids do.... fortunately this is just a wake up call for him... God decided to get his attention.

Of course I am a bit urked he wasn't cited for speeding.. they did cite him for no helmet and some other things (since he only had a permit) but he was speeding, and while his speeding wasn't the fault of the accident, it certainly contributed to it, and the severity of his injuries.

ON a bike, no matter where you are, or what you are doing, you are flying without a net.. you have to be watching everything around you and assume, no matter what, that no one else sees you.. I don't care if you make direct eye contact with the driver trying to pull into traffic.. in your brain you better be figuring out how to get around them if they pull out.

I started riding at 20, can't tell you how many close calls I've had.... or how many stupid things I've seen others on bikes do...


21 posted on 07/13/2006 6:19:08 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: airborne

Uh, yea they are... if you have a permit, or have had your license less than a certain amount of time and didn't take the safety course you MUST wear a helmet... Ben only had a permit.

He legally should have had a helmet on, of course the helmet may have saved his face, but the added weight of it also might have caused his neck to snap too... Helmets aren't some panacea.


22 posted on 07/13/2006 6:21:58 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: airborne

Uh, yes they are.

I don't want to embarrass anyone, but I was one of those that wrote the bill.

We MODIFIED existing law.

Helmets ARE REQUIRED IN PA.

Exemptions: 21+ years old, 2years plus riding experience and/or safety class. In this case, HELMETS BECOME OPTIONAL.


23 posted on 07/13/2006 6:22:43 AM PDT by Al Gator (Refusing to "stoop to your enemy's level", gets you cut off at the knees.)
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To: Al Gator

I'm wrong.

you're right.

sorry.


24 posted on 07/13/2006 6:27:31 AM PDT by airborne (Satan's greatest trick was convincing people he doesn't exist.)
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To: rabidralph

Where is any "fault" by Ben mentioned?


25 posted on 07/13/2006 6:27:54 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Sean Vanity --- Exciting, Exclusive New Developments in the Duke Rape Case -- BARF)
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To: beyond the sea

Thats why I quit riding both my bikes here in South Florida. Other drivers have NO respect for a bike. Besides, I want to live long enough to watch the black and gold win another Superbowl this year :)


26 posted on 07/13/2006 6:28:26 AM PDT by Buffettfan (VIVA LA MIGRA! - LONG LIVE THE MINUTEMEN!)
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To: montomike
LOL........ I hear you. That great tackle of Ben's really kept Bettis from having a substantial stain on his career (blue dress).

;-)

27 posted on 07/13/2006 6:29:57 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Sean Vanity --- Exciting, Exclusive New Developments in the Duke Rape Case -- BARF)
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To: Right Wing Assault
Yoi .......... well said!

Get ahold of him and tell him!

28 posted on 07/13/2006 6:30:39 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Sean Vanity --- Exciting, Exclusive New Developments in the Duke Rape Case -- BARF)
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To: Al Gator
He left that zone with "intersection allergy" of an experienced rider. ----

Ouch ........... well said.

29 posted on 07/13/2006 6:31:54 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Sean Vanity --- Exciting, Exclusive New Developments in the Duke Rape Case -- BARF)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham
How does blood "drain" into one's stomach? You'd need to swallow it first. I would assume the paramedic used a tourniquet.

I have no idea. Somehow, I don't really believe this "story".

30 posted on 07/13/2006 6:33:23 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Sean Vanity --- Exciting, Exclusive New Developments in the Duke Rape Case -- BARF)
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To: akorahil
Slow Dancing ----

LOL

31 posted on 07/13/2006 6:34:17 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Sean Vanity --- Exciting, Exclusive New Developments in the Duke Rape Case -- BARF)
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To: HamiltonJay

Great post.........


32 posted on 07/13/2006 6:35:20 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Sean Vanity --- Exciting, Exclusive New Developments in the Duke Rape Case -- BARF)
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To: airborne

That's ok. It is a mistake that almost everyone is making and its going to hurt us.

Look for a new pr campaign to try and change this perception.

For example: I was in the local grocery store parking lot. Comes in a guy on one of those 350cc monster scooters, like a cushman on steroids. Its obvious that this late 50's guy can't handle the machine.

I ask him: Been riding long? 'no'. Took the safety course? 'no'. Got an M endorsement? 'no'. Ok, where's your helmet? "don't need no f***** helmet in PA, now buzz off a&&hole!"

Case two: Sitting at a red light, comes around the corner, dad driving 250cc bike, kid on back, mom driving matching bike, kid on back. No Helmets!!!!

I chase them down. I tell them they are in for some really BIG fines. Their answer? "Oh, I thought helmets weren't needed anymore".

These are the ones that are going to hurt our cause really badly.

So Mr. Airborne, you are not alone! Please spread the word.


33 posted on 07/13/2006 6:36:06 AM PDT by Al Gator (Refusing to "stoop to your enemy's level", gets you cut off at the knees.)
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To: HamiltonJay
but the added weight of it also might have caused his neck to snap too... Helmets aren't some panacea

Great post ....... # 2.

;-)

34 posted on 07/13/2006 6:36:16 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Sean Vanity --- Exciting, Exclusive New Developments in the Duke Rape Case -- BARF)
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To: Buffettfan
Besides, I want to live long enough to watch the black and gold win another Superbowl this year :) ----

****

LOL

35 posted on 07/13/2006 6:37:51 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Sean Vanity --- Exciting, Exclusive New Developments in the Duke Rape Case -- BARF)
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To: Al Gator
So Mr. Airborne, you are not alone! Please spread the word.

Well, now I'm really gonna piss some folks off.

I tend to not mention this publicly, but I tell my kids, and anyone else, that motorcycles are dangerous with or without a helmet, and rfuse to allow either of my sons to ride.

36 posted on 07/13/2006 6:40:53 AM PDT by airborne (Satan's greatest trick was convincing people he doesn't exist.)
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To: Panzerfaust; SpinnerWebb
Closeness also counts with nuclear bombs.

Nah ... nearby is all that's required from them.

37 posted on 07/13/2006 6:41:19 AM PDT by tx_eggman (Islamofascism ... bringing you the best of the 7th century for the past 1300 years.)
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To: beyond the sea
We love you Big Ben!

38 posted on 07/13/2006 6:45:10 AM PDT by evets (huh?)
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To: Al Gator
Case two: Sitting at a red light, comes around the corner, dad driving 250cc bike, kid on back, mom driving matching bike, kid on back. No Helmets!!!!

I chase them down. I tell them they are in for some really BIG fines. Their answer? "Oh, I thought helmets weren't needed anymore".

Good lawd! I'm so paranoid, I put on a helmet just when hopping on my bike to move it from the driveway to the shed.

39 posted on 07/13/2006 6:45:19 AM PDT by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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To: beyond the sea

I believe the woman who hit him was a Sr. Citizen from another State. I hope he doesn't sue the hell out of her...he probably came right out of nowhere.


40 posted on 07/13/2006 6:58:34 AM PDT by Hildy
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To: beyond the sea

Is he going to be able to play again?


41 posted on 07/13/2006 7:00:48 AM PDT by Hildy
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To: Al Gator

I never understood why people are against helmets. My take is a bit different...I don't care about the rider...if he wants to risk dying everytime he rides, that his perogative. HOWEVER, if I'm driving the car that hits that rider, whether I'm the one at fault or not, I don't want his death on my conscience.


42 posted on 07/13/2006 7:04:01 AM PDT by Hildy
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To: airborne

LOL,

"and rfuse to allow either of my sons to ride."

You and about 80 percent of other parents!


43 posted on 07/13/2006 7:04:03 AM PDT by Al Gator (Refusing to "stoop to your enemy's level", gets you cut off at the knees.)
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To: Al Gator

So actually the law is - HELMETS are NOT required for those over 21 with two or more years of experience. Is that what you are saying? The law is modified for those over 21 with experience.


44 posted on 07/13/2006 7:09:08 AM PDT by merry10
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To: period end of story; Tijeras_Slim; JoeSixPack1
That's exactly WHY you need a helmut: OTHER DRIVERS can kill you!

You can have your helmut, prettyboy.

< |:)~

45 posted on 07/13/2006 7:09:40 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Hildy

No one is "against" helmets. In the case of motorcycles, a helmet's efficacy is very questionable over 14mph. The "heads, heads, heads" focus crowd never mention "necks, necks, necks".

They tend to think that if you screw a helmet on that dumb rider's head, you just saved him.

Nothing could be farther from the truth. Helmets kill and helmets cripple, in astounding numbers.

Oh, they are beneficial, and they do work. And if the ONLY part of your body that you are worried about is your head, then they are the be-all, end-all.

But for those of us who worry about the "whole" body, we tend to measure risks in terms of outcome.

Would you rather take a shot to the head and die, or take a shot to the neck and live the rest of your life a quad in wheelchair? (Your head would still be in tact though!!)

On another issue, the nanny staters think that screwing a lid on riders somehow makes everything all better.

Helmets don't prevent accidents.

If they were really interested in motorcycle rider safety, they would teach car drivers to NOT HIT US! (what a novel concept!)

I won't bend your eyes anymore. I know some safetycrats in the crowd will now take the time to tell me how stupid I am and flame the bejeezus out of me.


46 posted on 07/13/2006 7:14:34 AM PDT by Al Gator (Refusing to "stoop to your enemy's level", gets you cut off at the knees.)
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To: merry10

Nice try at spin.

Helmets are OPTIONAL if you have the required experience.


47 posted on 07/13/2006 7:15:58 AM PDT by Al Gator (Refusing to "stoop to your enemy's level", gets you cut off at the knees.)
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To: Al Gator

Thanks!


48 posted on 07/13/2006 7:17:36 AM PDT by Hildy
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To: Hildy
"HOWEVER, if I'm driving the car that hits that rider, whether I'm the one at fault or not, I don't want his death on my conscience."

There is a real easy fix for your bad conscience. LOOK TWICE, SAVE A LIFE!

Just don't go around left-turning bikers and you won't have that problem.

And if you do hit one, and your conscience bothers you, you get no sympathy here.
49 posted on 07/13/2006 7:18:09 AM PDT by Al Gator (Refusing to "stoop to your enemy's level", gets you cut off at the knees.)
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To: beyond the sea

Video of interview:

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2517756

So thrilled to see him looking so great after such a short time!


50 posted on 07/13/2006 7:26:10 AM PDT by busstopsindetroit
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