'Blessed to be alive': Friends rally behind local man after he loses foot in motorcycle accident

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Within the blink of an eye, Robbie Washington was thrown from his motorcycle after crashing into a road sign, severing his foot and breaking the bones in his pelvis and hands.

Jennie McKeon | The Sun
Published: Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 12:59 PM.

While the rest of Florida was cursing the uncharacteristically cold January weather, the 20 degree temps saved Robbie Washington's life after a late-night motorcycle accident.

"The cold stopped me from bleeding to death," Washington explained. "If it was 10 degrees warmer, I wouldn't be sitting here today."

Traveling east and heading home on Highway 98, Washington was unexpectedly thrown from his Suzuki Boulevard after attempting to dodge a small animal that jumped in the road.

"It was a bitterly cold night," he said. "I was passing Seascape and I remember passing signs for Whataburger and Waffle House and deciding where I wanted to stop for food."

Veering off of the highway, Washington collided with a road sign, severing his foot, breaking his pelvic bone and shattering bones in his hand. He landed in a ditch, into a foot of water where he laid for almost an hour before firefighters saw the bike while out on a call.

"The next thing I remember is hearing a helicopter," Washington said. "And then waking up in a hospital room and seeing my mom — I thought I was in trouble."

Responders on the scene were not so confident about Washington 's recovery. While in the hospital, Washington was visited by the state trooper who filled out an accident report.

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