BENEFITING: BIKE WALK CONNECTICUT INC
It is with great honor that I, Sean Malone Alexander Board member, write this on behalf of Bike Walk Connecticut. During the afternoon of October 8th, 2011, the life of my myself, my wife and my family changed forever. I was working at the Post Office in Waterford when a call came into my cell around noon, a number I did not recognize and would not normally answer, but I did. “Is this Sean Alexander”, a mans voice asked. “Your wife has been in an accident”. What happened? Is she ok? Can I speak with her, I asked? I was told she was hit by a truck and her leg was in pretty bad shape. I was told she was being transported to Yale New Haven Hospital and the police at the scene needed to ask him more questions. That was all the information I was given. I kept myself rational, remained strong and drove safely as possible to the hospital. I kept telling myself, “Someone hit my wife and broke her leg, that’s all, just a broken leg… thank goodness she was wearing a helmet, she always wears a helmet”. On October 8th, my wife’s body was run over by a multi-ton freightliner. She required 78 units of blood over the next several days. She lay in a medically induced coma over a month, due to the severity of her wounds. During my adolescence, I can’t remember ever wearing a helmet. Prior to owning a vehicle, I would attach my surfboard to the back of my beach cruiser bicycle and ride nearly 10 miles to surf in the ocean. If I stayed on the shoulder, the cars would see me and I’d be fine. Luckily, that happened to be the case. This was 20-30 years ago, long before cell phones hit the market. On October 8th, a greater appreciation for the value of donors blood to sustain life bestowed itself upon me. We all should have the opportunity to live in a safe, bicycle and pedestrian friendly community. Please join me and become an activist on helping Connecticut become a safer place to ride and walk. My goal is to help raise $2,000.00 to go toward initiatives on safer streets and sidewalks. With the help of our board members rallying together, Koskoff, Koskoff and Bieder, the firm who represented Colleen and I during our case, has made a commitment of matching up to $100,000.00 toward Bike Walk Connecticut. Together, we can not only establish a safer Connecticut to bike and walk, but we can help save lives. My wife was able to be brought back to life, however people are being lost daily on our roadways. Let us work for change.