Once you start up the wayback machine, it’s hard to stop. I still remember getting up off the couch after reading about Nathan’s crash on the Elmoto forum, and my wife looking sadly at me, and saying, “You’re friend’s not going to make it, Ted.”
Here’s the link to Nathan’s video. And he did make it, in spite of a long coma and short odds from his docs. For maybe the best story about the crash, read his friend, Matt Honan’s piece on Wired: The Short, Strange Trip of Nathan Abbott: A Cautionary Tale:
According to reports from the family and Oregon State Police, just after 7 p.m. on Nov. 27, a 1999 Audi A4 driven by a 20-year-old woman passed an 18-wheeler, and then pulled back into the slow lane while still traveling at speed. She hit Abbott’s Enertia from behind at 68 mph, knocking him from the bike and across three lanes of traffic. His high-end helmet saved his life, but his body was broken. An ambulance, that had also been traveling on I-5, arrived at the scene within minutes of the accident and placed him on a respirator.