Jeffrey LaPorta was just being a 14-year-old kid when he was riding his bike with a friend in a flooded parking lot in his Ohio town. Clearly, he had no idea he was about to have a terrifying brush with death that involved him getting sucked under water and into a sewer drain pipe while doing so. But he did. Thankfully, he came out alive and lived to tell his horrific, freak-accident-if-there-ever-was-one story.
Here's how it went down. Jeffrey and his friend Miguel Torres were riding their bicycles in an empty, water-filled parking lot. All of a sudden Jeffrey fell into an overflown creek and got suctioned into a sewer drain pipe. The next thing he knew, he was being flushed to unknown places beneath the street. He describes it: "My bike tire went out a little bit and I went under the sewer pipe. I went through. I couldn’t breathe for about two minutes. I start breathing. I was like, ‘Oh, thank you. Thank you Jesus.’ I was scared. I was tumbling around."
Miguel's back was turned to Jeffrey when he was sucked up by the drain, but he heard something by the water. He said: "I saw the bike, but not him. I ran over here and I started freaking out." Miguel then called the fire and rescue squads, and they were quick to show up.
Thing was, though, they didn't know how far Jeffrey had traveled, so they just started lifting up manhole covers to see if they could find him -- and eventually they did. Fifteen-hundred feet away from where he fell in! Jeffrey said that he remembers saying to himself: "I'm gonna die, I'm gonna die, I'm gonna die."
Clearly, he didn't die. He's, thankfully, just fine.
Every time I hear freak accident stories like this, I'm reminded that sometimes people do die doing completely normal, everyday things like riding their bikes. It's so sad. For most people, these are just average, run-of-the-mill parts of life. For others, they're tragic. Glad to hear this one turned out okay.
How crazy is this?