Man Films Himself Saying Final Goodbyes After Fatal Motorcycle Crash
If you asked Kevin Diepenbrock about miracles, he'd probably now tell you they're real.
The 41-year-old man experienced one earlier this month after a fatal motorcycle accident killed his friend and sent him plummeting over 100 feet down a hill, according to ABC News.
The tragic collision happened on the morning of October 15.
He and his friend, 29-year-old Phillip Polito, were riding down a part of US Route 129. It's nicknamed "The Dragon" because of its 318 curves throughout its 11 mile span.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol reported the crash occurred when Polito suddenly braked, which caused Diepenbrock to hit him. They both veered off the road and fell down a hill.
After falling 50 feet down the steep hill, Polito died, and Diepenbrock was certain he was going to as well.
In a heart-wrenching video obtained by WATE, the 41-year-old Louisiana man recorded himself saying his final goodbyes as he lay helpless and immobile at the bottom of a roadside ravine.
Get your tissues out because this is a tear jerker.
In the video, he films himself saying goodbye to his loved ones.
Diepenbrock begins by saying,
Hey everybody. I fucked 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.
He then says "I love you" to a list of people, and asks his family and friends to take care of his puppies for him.
He ends one video clip with, "See you soon."
Diepenbrock continued to record himself speaking in the dark and admitted he desperately hoped he would be found the next morning.
To his surprise, his prayers were answered.
Roughly 27 hours after his crash, people passing on the roadway heard his cries for help and alerted the Blount County authorities.
A rescue mission was put into place to extract Diepenbrock.
It took six crew members, a rope and medical equipment to save the daredevil motorcyclist, and he was transported to a hospital via a helicopter.
Chief Jerry Phillip of the Blount County Fire Protection District spoke with ABC, stating,
It's a miracle that somebody even heard him there. It's really amazing.
Diepenbrock talked to WATE about the epiphany he had after his crash, and said,
Never forget to tell people you love them. That's all I could think about when I was down there was that I never, you never say that enough.