|William Lawrence Stribling, Jr., aka Young Stribling, "King of the Canebreaks"|
The collision between Young Stribling's motorcycle and Mr. R. V. Johnson's car sent "Strib" airborne, somersaulting onto his back and off the side of the highway leading to Macon, Ga. Stribling's right leg pointed toward a ditch while his left foot hung on to the rest only through the strength of a tendon and some skin.
Usually Stribling hurtled down that highway at breakneck speeds, but not on October 1, 1933; his wife Clara gave birth to their son two weeks earlier and awaited Stribling at the hospital for a visit. While en route he slowed down to greet pal Roy Barrow, who was driving the opposite direction, and the car following his friend attempted to pass without seeing Stribling, crushing his leg at about the ankle.
"Well, kid," Stribling shakily told Barrow, "I guess it means there will be no more roadwork."