'Dragon' crash survivor shares final goodbye videos
By Knoxville News Sentinel
Kevin Diepenbrock and his friend were riding their motorcycles on a stretch of U.S. Highway 129 known as "The Dragon" they collided, throwing both men 105 feet down an embankment and out of sight of passing vehicles.(BRIANNA PACIORKA/NEWS SENTINEL
Kevin Diepenbrock was dying, and he knew it. As he lay on the earth beneath "The Dragon," unable to move and barely able to breathe, he filmed his final goodbyes to his parents and his wife.
Sunlight piercing through the trees. A shaky camera. A bloodied face on fall foliage. "Hey, everybody," he says in the first of three videos. His words come in short bursts as he finds the strength to speak. "I f***** 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."
"See you guys soon," he says as the first video ends. By the time he filmed the third video in total darkness, his voice had grown hoarse and faltering, and he doesn't sound quite so optimistic.
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.