“Hey, everybody,” Diepenbrock begins the first video, which was posted by the Knoxville News Sentinel. “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.”
The video ends with “See you soon.”
You can see the Diepenbrock’s message to his family below, which is about as chilling as it gets.
Diepenbrock was riding in Tennessee with his co-worker Phillip Polito on Oct. 15, 2016 on a stretch known as “The Dragon” when their bikes collided and they were sent 100 feet down a rocky embankment.
The 29-year-old Polito was killed in the crash, while the 41-year-old Diepenbrock suffered two punctured lungs, 17 breaks in 12 ribs, and multiple spinal fractures. Unable to move and with no cell phone signal, Diepenbrock laid in the embankment for 30 hours before he was rescued.
Kevin and Courtney Diepenbrock watched the videos for the first time on Monday night in his hospital room at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. He initially decided he didn’t want anyone else to see them, and deleted them from his phone.
But on Tuesday, he retrieved them from cloud storage and shared them with the News Sentinel.
Such a terrifying moment for the Diepenbrock family and a tragic one for the Polito family. It just goes to show how dangerous motorcycle riding can really be.