Our little buddy Brandon Leigh Collins who has helped bands and been a staple in the music community needs our help! Let's come together and show him how awesome he is! He has suffered some brain swelling and a concussion a few weeks ago which landed him in the hospital, incurring hospital bills-which we all know..is NOT CHEAP. HE is not allowed to go back to work as of now and could really use some support from the community. We are throwing this benefit to help this guy out! HE has done so much for the scene..let's pay it forward!
Bands playing so far:
Day of night
Visions of brutality
Nothing 2 lose
Throwing peanutZ at monkeys
Reggae Weekend continues! At Rockin hard saloon !
Saturday : Imperial Eclipse
$ 3 COLADA SHOT
$ 2 house Rum (spice,coconut, clear) $ 2.50 Red Stripe, $ 2 Dos Equis,
Jerk Wings, And Jerk Chicken specials.
***posting for gee- the drummer of dormitory effect) I'M POSTING THIS TO SEE IF ANYONE COULD POSSIBLY HELP OUT WITH SOME INFORMATION***
If you haven't heard from me in a few days this is why and it's a long one.....
So, late Wednesday night (May 25th 2016 just before 11:00pm) I was in a car accident on my way home from rehearsal in Manhattan. I'm ok but not ok. I'm ok in the sense that I was able to walk out of the car and wasn't bleeding. My injuries could've been so much worse. I know I had tons of Angels lookin out for me and I'm so grateful for that. I do have a concussion and severe whiplash and everything hurts except my teeth. My neck is done and my back was already screwed up bad so this didn't help......but again, it could've been so much worse. I was in the hospital till about 6am Thursday morning and I've been home since.
The point of me posting this isn't to get sympathy or to whine about it.....it's to see if ANYONE saw what happened or who slammed into me because whoever it was DROVE AWAY FROM THE SCENE. Yes......he or she DROVE AWAY after slamming into me at like 60mph. There's no way they could've gotten very far.
Here's what happened:
I had just got on the L.I.E from the B.Q.E and was heading east in the left lane going about 55-60 with traffic. THIS WAS RIGHT BEFORE THE MAURICE AVENUE EXIT IN QUEENS.
I noticed the cars in front of me coming to an abrupt stop so I had to stop very very short myself to avoid hitting whoever was in front of me. Apparently there was a car in the left lane already stopped with their hazards on....probably 2 or 3 cars in front of me I believe. There's no shoulders over there to pull over so you have the concrete divider by the left lane and the concrete wall by the right lane. Obviously I was going to try to get into the middle lane to pass this situation but I couldn't because there were too many cars and people FLY over there and not enough room to get over.....I then remember saying to myself "I'm gonna get hit". I looked in my rear view mirror and all I saw were a bunch of headlights and then ...SLAM! It felt like a fuckin mack truck hit me to say the least. I then spun all the way over to the right lane and somehow back towards the left lane. I don't remember exactly and as anyone who has been in an accident you know it all happens within SECONDS. It probably looked like a fuckin pinball game. All I keep hearing in my head is the sound of the impact and the way it felt.
I then was obviously freaked and somehow got out of the car. I couldn't feel anything except shock. Two other cars were pulled over already behind me because they got hit by someone else who ALSO LEFT THE SCENE. My car was damaged the worst and I don't know how this person who hit me drove away......they couldn't have gotten very far at all. The other 2 people involved were very nice and very helpful - Kenny you're an angel and I wish I got your phone number to thank you again for calming me down. Ashanti, we rode in the ambulance to the hospital together.....you're sweet and I thank you too. I hope you're feeling better! Anyways.....I just want to know if ANYONE was traveling on the LIE that night around that time saw what happened or saw a car somewhere all fucked up in the front with pieces of my car in it....or whatever. Yes I do have car insurance and my medical stuff is going through No fault so thank goodness I'm covered for some stuff.....but I now am going to be paying for this physically for the rest of my life AND I have no vehicle because, while im not an expert, I'm pretty sure they're gonna total my baby out. It's a 2002 Civic with 164,000 miles on it so.....I ain't getting much money for it and I have no money to put towards getting a car.
I know this might be a long shot and I won't find anything out but I figured it's worth a try.
*** If you all wanna share this , please do.....or make your own post about it and share the pics. I thank everyone in advance for any help.***
I do want to also thank the EMT guys, the tow truck drivers and the very nice NYPD cop that just happen to be passing by at the end of his shift right after the accident happened. Of course he told me his name but I don't remember it now. He was awesome and so nice and helped calm me down too. He even came back after he got off duty to see if I went in the ambulance lol. I also was freaking out about my drum equipment in my trunk which the EMT and tow truck guys tried to get out for me but literally couldn't because it's part of my trunk now. GEICO - you guys have also been amazing.
HUGE Thank you to everyone who has been calling and texting and emailing. I will get back to all of you but please give me some time.....im a little out of sorts and things hurt ALOT lol. Oh and i was also told to take ADVIL....yeah, no pain meds. I also can't get too comfy to sleep yet so I've been dosing off at all different times of the day. Crissy D'Aquila and Nicole Mandaro I love you girls and ty for coming to my rescue. Nicole - you were all ready in your scrubs!! Crissy ty for being all nurse like the past few days.....I'm a bitch of a patient I know.
TY to all of my bands who are willing to be patient for at least a few weeks cuz I'll be out of commission. .....I don't know till when but you all know the second I can stand the impact of playing drums I will be doing that. I just hope it's sooner then later. I also somehow need to somehow get another Honda Civic.
Anyways......here are a few pics, it's hard for me to look at them. Again ty so much everyone.