I never knew that cars ever reached a speed of higher than 20mph in Los Angeles, but according to ESPN’s Sam Alipour…that’s not the case. The Page 2 reporter was leaving an ESPY party early Friday morning when he was struck by a car. It was a scary scene, but Alipour had an interesting hero….
So, this is what getting hit by a car feels like.
When I came to, I was on the sidewalk, my shoulder hurting like crazy, shards of glass in my forearm and blood dripping from my fingers, while limo drivers and other witnesses screamed this way and that. The paramedics told me I was lucky to be alive (“Last time I saw a windshield like that,” said one, “guy lost both his legs”), and all I could think was, “Damn! I just bought this Banana Republic tie-and-shirt ensemble!”
That, and “Holy crap, that’s T.O.!”
Terrell Owens was standing over me. I’m told he was the first do-gooder on the scene of the accident. That he helped me to my feet and off the street to safe ground. That he didn’t leave my side. It seems the mercurial Dallas Cowboys receiver is my hero. But my hero looks scared, and this scares me.
“Wow, you all right, man?” Owens kept asking me, but in a manner that would suggest there is no possible way that I, in fact, could be all right. “Don’t move. Just sit there. Breathe. Don’t move.”
That’s crazy. As a survivor of getting hit by a car myself (twice actually) I’d say welcome to the club, but I’ve never been flipped up onto a windshield. Thank goodness Alipour is alright and now he’s got a cool story to tell the grandkids.