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Tuesday, October 17, 2006


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Nick! My heart practically dropped out my chest reading that. I'll say a prayer for you, your son and your family. I'm glad everyone's okay.

Hey Nick, glad to hear you are both ok.
That scares the crap out of me. The thought of an accident happening to my family is truly bothersome. I pray to God to always watch over them. You may want to consider "tinting" your windows. It does not have to be dark tint. The window film will hold the glass together in the event of a break. I have a friend who is the 3M dealer in your area-- if you need a number. Again, glad you and Isaac are phyically ok. You were always a little mental ;)

Man, I am really glad you guys are ok. I hate stupid people and I cant believe that jerk fled the scene. But I feel confident one way or another he will get what he deserves.

Really I am just glad you are both mostly ok. Great story telling by the way, i was on the edge of my seat.

Crikey. Glad you two made it out OK and that you kept your head, Nick.

I remember getting stitches in my ankle when I was a kid. What you said about it not hurting except for the anesthetic injection flashed me back to my mom holding my hand so tight as I cried my eyes out. It hurts like the dickens and then goes all numb.

I am *so* glad everyone is ok. Let us know if they got the SOB that did this to you...

Hopefully all cervical disks are still in the right place and nothing has flared up again. Glad you and your son are OK.

Glad to hear both of you are ok. That is very scary.

I hope they lock up the guy who drove off from you. Gutless puke.

Holy cow. Nick, I'm really glad to know that you and your son are OK. This is the second story you've posted that has made my hair stand on end thinking about how I would feel in a similar situation. Your family is lucky to have someone ilke you taking care of them.


Nick, glad to hear you and your son are ok, Hope they catch the bugger who hit you.

As with the others, glad you were not seriously hurt physically and hope they get that guy soon before he does this to anyone else.

Hey Nick....

My first thoughts when reading this were "Man what weird luck this year for you and Isaac...first the kayak incident and now this!" :(

I won't say "bad" luck however, since you've both come out okay both times.

Sad to hear of all the people just driving on, but glad there was at least one "helping hand" out there.

Hopefully justice will prevail and they'll find and punish the "hitter."

WHen they find the guy - be sure to post his name. Don't libel - just say, this is the guy who hit me.

I'm very glad to hear that you both are Ok. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I hope that they catch the guy who hit you.

Wow. I raced to the end of your post for what I hoped would be good news. Very glad to hear you and your son are safe.

As a fellow parent, these kinds of stories always impact me: all the better when they turn out OK.

Agree with Raymond. The other driver should be ashamed of what he did. Let's hope our criminal justice system does not let you or your son down.

Hey, Nick. Glad to hear you and your son are ok.

Nick, we're all grateful you and your son are alive and well after such a traumatic incident. It's the kind of thing we always hear about but assume happens to "other people." We hope your son's recovery is swift, and that law enforcement does their job to help determine who is responsible.

Nick, is this the same son who had the close call with you in a kayack last summer? You guys are on your way to writing a book of adverntures. Stay safe.

Wow! Glad you are ok. Your son sounds like a trooper.

Nick, thanks for all the great work you do, and I'm glad to hear you and your son are ok, and that it wasn't anymore serious than it could've been.

Nick, I am glad to hear that everything turned out alright, especially after reading the first few sentences of your post. Here's hoping that the fool who is responsible for this is caught.

I'm glad for you that everything seems to be so relatively well, it's shocking to read a story like this. I begin to believe you have someone holding a hand over your family.

Nick, good grief my man, you do live an exciting life . I am utterly relieved to see that you're both OK. Ra ra for Volvos. Big hint (my wife's a DA): keep in touch with the DAs office to ensure they don't plea the other driver down to something ridiculous. Cheers, Julian.


I am glad you and your son are O.K.

I had a wreck several years ago and I am still skidish like you described. I hope we can all get over those feelings and drive normally again.

Glad everyone is ok. What a harrowing moment!

Wow Nick Glad you and your Son are ok. I would have freaked out Blood on me from me ok, Blood from my kid, man another story all together.

Nice to see Volvo lived up to it's reputation I have one as well. Those side impacts are a bitch keep an eye on your son real close for the next few days.

Carpe diem, Nick; keep well.

Glad you and your son are ok. It is moments like this when priorities come into sharp focus. Cherish every moment.

Holy cow.

All I can think is that between this and the kayak, Isaac is one tough son of a gun.

Sure hope you can bring your family to the Christmas party this year. It may be too early to buy him a beer, but I'd sure like to shake his hand.


WOW! All my best. We here at NG are all glad you are doing well. And Isaac sounds like he is Super Strong! Well done!

I can really relate to your commentary about our seemingly careless society! Good thing you were in the "Swedish Tank" -- bad thing you even needed it!

Hope they catch the SOB!


Forgot to mention that I guess that's one way to resolve the Crazy Poopin' Bird problem. Though, I would have gone with the socks over the mirrors, myself.

Hey Nick,

It's really relieving to know that you and your son are ok. My prayers are with you and your family. And make sure you hunt down that ba*tard and kick him where it hurts the most.

Wow - that was really moving. I'm glad you and your boy are OK. You're both very brave, I would be so lucky to remain so calm under that kind of duress. Best to your family.

Hey Nick,

Glad to hear that you and your son are fine and wish you quick recovery from any aches and pains. Those Volvo's are great aren't they. I drive one too and they are life savers. A friend of mine was driving my car and got hit from the back and Volvo saved his life.

Hey Nick: So glad you and Isaac are OK. Stay safe, and enjoy the video games. :)

Wow. What a jerk... I can't believe he just drove away.

Glad everyone is ok.... except for a few cuts.

"We relive the accident every time we perceive a car getting too close, and he worries out loud about the window breaking again. "

Yeah...... I got side swipped a few years ago and kept thinking the same thing would happen..... probably some form of post traumatic stress syndrome.

I got over it in a few days/weeks so you guys should be ok too! :)



Here's to a speedy recovery both physical and emotional for both you and your son (and your wife too, as she's problably gonna fret for a little while everytime you guys go out).

I am very glad you are both OK.

Also, WRITE DOWN as much minute detail as possible while the memories are fresh, as you will be glad to have notes to refer to as you answer the endless questions from the authorities and your insurance company and to aid you in presenting a consistent account about exactly what happened.

Nick, so glad all are okay. I'll keep you and your family in my prayers.

Nick, that was an unfortunate moment in your life that has now passed. I wish both of you good health and quick recovery.

Nick, I have been reading your blog for years now, and admiring your work for even longer. I usually never comment on other peoples blog entries, but this time I simply had to. Your story touched me, and I must admit that I kept thinking "Damn I hope they find that S.O.B as soon as possible" the whole time while reading it. Now that I've read it all, I still hope they find the bastard!!

I'm glad to hear that you and your son is okay - keep inspiring people with your great work and your interesting blog!

Volvo, eh? Good to hear both of you are in good health as you've said it definitely could have been worse.

I'm glad that none of you was seriously hurt. Take care!

Life doesn't seem to easy on you! I'm glad you're both alright.

Nick - I'm glad you and your son are okay, more or less. I got t-boned like that about 7 years ago and while it was just me in the car and the other driver didn't run off after running a red light, he never even came over to my car. He stood there by his pickup as passerby checked on me and called the police and ambulance. I ended up with a broken knee, hip, and ribs and rehab. You were both very lucky, and I'm glad.

Glad you guys are ok. Personally I'm pissed off for you. Hope they find that bastard.

That Volvo steel cage comes in handy sometimes.

The hardest thing in the world to watch is your own child's suffering. Glad he and you are OK.

Glad everyone is ok.

Wow! When I first started reading this... I thought I was on the wrong blog. Glad both you and your son are fine.

I've been in more car accidents than I care to admit and luckily walked away with minor injuries. I know the feeling and again it's great to hear you and your son are ok!

Btw... great writing Nick... comics, programming, stories... you do it all :-)

Wow, glad everyone is ok. I can't imagine how scary that was.

To drive away after that, people amaze me. Sad so few (only 1?) person bothered to help, that's terrible.


You have one brave son. And it seems he's got quite a dad.

I hope they find the jerks that ran off.

You're a trooper to be strong for Isaac - keep us in the loop - I helped one time as a good Samaritan on a accident and after the courts and police, it was the worst humilating experience ever. Still, I'm appalled that no one stopped to help. Blessings to your family.


Thank God you and your son are okay. This probably will sound ridiculous to you, but take a moment to enjoy this day and let your friends love on you and your son. We're all just a breath away from "the other side," and all we really have is this moment. Use one of yours today to take a deep breath and enjoy it.

(and buy your son another video game. He earned it with his bravery.)

The other driver was probably drunk, which ought to give all of us pause.

You're in my thoughts and prayers.


Glad to hear everyone's ok. My son and I do the Star Wars thing too - but he's a little older:
Puke Skywalker
Darth Vomit
Heave Solo
Toss Eisley

Having been in an accident myself on more than one occassion, it has been my experience that it will take time to process all that happened. From anger to fear to soreness to whatever else, know that you and your son can grow from this experience in surprising ways and become even stronger people for one another and for those around you.

Feel better, and thank you for sharing your story with us.

Glad you guys are ok. I was the victim of a similar hit and run and even 3 years later I'm still angry about it.

The guy who hit me got 2 years probation and that's it! I hope they catch the guy who hit you and I hope you find a prosacuter willing to really stick it to him.

Good to hear you are going ahead. But really hope they catch the SOB...

I went through a similar experience with my daughter when she was five -- she was run over by a van. That shot was the very worst part of the whole thing, and I completely felt your pain and worry as I read through your entry.

I am so glad that you and your son will be fine and hope they catch the SOB who couldn't be bothered to stop after slamming into you.

Your son is a brave kid -- he deserves lots of kudos for handling such a tough situation.

We went through a bit of PTSD with our daughter after her accident, so keep an eye out for that with your son..they want to be brave but flash back to it sometimes.



Glad to hear you & your son are A-ok. Here's to a speedy recovery for both of you, both physically & mentally/emotionally!

Add me to the chorus of people that are glad you guys are ok.

wow Nick. You scared me. So pleased to hear you are both ok. I've got a five year old - I don't know how I'd react to this. Hope you get the chance to look the evil git in the eye.

wow, that was really scary. Glad to hear that you are both OK.

Thank god you are both okay! Gotta love those Volvo's for the strength!

Glad to hear that everyone is doing well. Having been in similar predicaments when I was growing up I can completely understand what you and your son went through.

I think you handled everything perfectly. Hopefully if I am faced in a similar situation with my son I will be able to act as calmly and rationally as it sounds like you did.

Anyhow, once again, glad to hear that everything turned out for the better. Here's to hoping that they catch the little bastard that ran in to you!

Glad you and your son are OK. I just wanted to add my hopes they catch and convict the culprit! Please keep us in the loop.

I'm very glad to hear you are both alright.

Glad everyone is ok

Glad you are both OK. Hope they catch the bastard.

Wow - glad to hear you and son are okay. Your son is great. Thank you for sharing the story.

Nick...sorry to hear about this and even sorrier it was with your son. Glad it came out on the up end.

Four weeks ago I was going through a very wide intersection on 29 in Silver Spring, MD with a green light at 55 mph. A 20-year old on his cell phone and driving his grandfather's Jag pulled right in front of me. He did not yield from the opposite side turning lane and never saw me. I cut the wheel hard and directed the impact sideways, fortunately for him and me. And God Bless the engineer who invented air bags!

Both my Dodge Dakota and his Jag were totalled. Still, I was not with either of my 2 sons which would have made it far, far worse as you describe. Let us know if they catch this guy and if he does time.

Best with your and your son's recovery.

Geez Nick! Maybe you should keep your wife with you more often. She seems to keep you out of danger ;-)

Glad everyone is ok!

I'm glad to hear that the two of you are OK. Hope you both get back to 100% soon. All the best.

So surreal. I assume you are Nick Bradbury of Top CSS fame. I think everyone is different, and I am truly sorry that you felt the whiz of cars going by why you were helpless, especially with your child bleeding in front of you.

I remember "having to pull over" once myself, and I can only be honest in saying I was glad the guy across the flipped over car was the one who got the door open (I was unable to get the one on my side open).

As it all turned out the guy had to be cut out of the car, but it was nerve wracking. I saw him flip in front of me as he took a turnoff on I-280 near Woodside Road. He didn't look good.

But here's the killer. I didn't feel brave at all. I was scared shitless. Afraid his car would blow up, afraid I'd be the one who could open his door and have to be the one to figure out what to do with his mangled body.

The story turned out just fine. He was cut out of his car (I had to stick around, cuz I was nearly in tears), and he walked away.

Seriously, about 15 people were around the accident, and they all applauded.

Nick, I do appreciate the darkness you felt. I can't read the minds of the people who drove past you, but I assume they were driving fast.

My experience was very different, and probably based on something as simple as slower traffic.

Best of luck to you.

Nick I am glad that you and your son are doing ok. That was scary to read.

Scary story Nick!
I've had an accident myself once, where I got into a spin on top of a dike (I live in the Netherlands) and my car rolled off sideways. That was not good for the car, but the roof didn't dent enough to hit my head. I still have to ride on that dike regularly, and always remember.

Isaac certainly sounds like a really brave boy. You must be very proud of him, Nick. I hope you are both left with no scars, physical or mental, from the incident.

As another commentator said, you do live an exciting life!

Firstly, glad you're both ok. Secondly, don't underestimate the shock you've both faced. The sleep comes easily, I think, because your brains have a huge amount to process in the background before returning to 'normal'.

I had a vehicle accident recently and was amazed by how tired I was for the few days after the event. If it wasn't for work I think I could have slept several days straight.

Allow for extra sleep. Sleep, for me at least, was what I needed for my brain to settle down again.

Glad to hear the good news that everyone is OK.

And I hope they catch the guy who hit and ran and throw the book at him.

Nick -

Thankful that you and your son were unhurt. I'm sure you will soon be back in the crazy buzz of building out your business. And your son will only have a great story to tell his buddies at the lunch table.

Until then, I wish a speedy recovery, physical and mental.

How truly scary. I hope they do catch the miserable f*cker who sped off after crashing into you.

I was very relieved to read that both you and your son were okay (I skipped to the end of the article too). I hope Isaac's enjoying his time off school too :-)

Nick, or should I say Jonah?

Glad you and your son are OK. I'm not for one minute condoning the other drivers actions, but can you can kind of understand how it's possible for someone to panic and head for the hills. What I can't understand however, is the other drivers - some of whom must have witnessed the incident - just driving on by!

P.S. Luke Warmwater and Daft Radar were always two of my favourites.

Horrible, very glad that you both got out ok. Your son's attitude is fantastic.

Hi Nick,
Glad both you and your son are OK

Now - for all you lurkers - GO TAKE A FIRST AID class, and equip a first aid kit, and put it in your cars. Not "band aids" - a real kit. That way if your ever in the position TO help, you can. They will teach you how to restrain peoples neck, and stop major bleeding - plus do CPR

Just go out and do it - OK?

I'm really glad that you two are okay. When I saw the post with the pictures of the car (haven't read my feeds for some days) I was really shocked at first and didn't know what happened. All the best to you and your son!


I was reconnecting today and saw the Scripting News link to this story. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family. I really worried when I saw the link and remembered you and your son's vacation escape from disaster on the water.

Those Volvo's are safe and it's a good thing you were in one.

I'm probably one voice among many, but if you need something, email or call.


WOW, this is incredible. And as Rex and others have said here, after the kayaking incident and now this, this kid is a survivor! No one should ever have to deal with all this at his age, but with a stable/calm dad setting the tone and an example of a great attitude, he'll probably come out of all this with a real sense of being able to survive just about anything. :)

And after spending most of last year lying around recovering from a car accident myself, the best advice I can offer is to really pay attention to any pain, etc, even if it seems minor. Almost 1.5 years later, they're still trying to figure out my resulting breathing problems... Not fun.

Sounds like you're both in relatively good condition, all things considered, so that's great to hear. Best wishes for a fast recovery, both physically and emotionally!

Glad everything is OK!

How awful! Praise God both you and your son made it out okay. I hope he gets to feeling better soon!

Keep recovering well, both of you. That's a nice piece of writing, too, Nick.

Nick, glad to read that you and your son are ok. Chilling account, thanks for sharing it.

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