A Louisiana biker recorded his final goodbyes after he gave up hope of being rescued. He waited nearly 30 hours after crashing his motorcycle on a highway near the Tennessee-North Carolina border.
“The whole day went by and hundreds and hundreds of bikes had gone by. And they sound like they’re 50 feet away from you and there’s just nothing that you can do,” Kevin Diepenbrock, 41, told ABC affiliate WATE-TV 5 News.
Clip via WATE
The accident occurred on October 15 on an 11-mile stretch of U.S. Route 129 called “The Dragon” for its 318 curves.
Diepenbrock was riding with his friend Phillip Polito, 29, when Polito braked, causing Diepenbrock to run into him. Both men veered off the road and down a steep embankment where Polito was killed.
Diepenbrock lay there for more than a day with two punctured lungs and 17 broken bones, including 12 broken ribs and hairline fractures to his spine, before he was discovered by a passing motorist.
“It’s just a lot to go through, but forever thankful we are where we are,” said his wife Courtney Diepenbrock.
Before his discovery, he tried to phone friends, call 911 and even attempted to update his Facebook page — all without success.
That’s when he recorded his final farewells on his cell phone.
Clip via Kevin Diepenbrock
“I f—– up, that’s all I can really say. At about 10:30 this morning. Been laying here ever since. About 50 feet down in the ravine. I just wanted to say I love you guys. Sorry I was being stupid, but you know that’s what I do,” Diepenbrock said on the video. “See you guys soon.”
He also told his family that he loved them several times, something that was driven into him during the experience.
“Never forget to tell people you love them. That’s all I could think about when I was down there. I never, you never say that enough,” Diepenbrock told WATE. “You never spend enough time with your family, you parents, enough time with people that are close to you.”
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