FYF Attendee Says Her Neck Was Pierced By A Flying Spike
See also: Our review of FYF Fest, September 3, 2011
Rae Deslich's neck, healing
On Labor Day at FYF Fest, Rae Deslich was enjoying the performance by the recently reunited dance-punk band Death From Above 1979.
The 28-year-old Echo Park resident had gotten separated from her friends at the event, held at Los Angeles State Historic Park. She was dancing behind the mosh pit when, she says, the experience turned ugly.
As she describes it, she was struck out of nowhere by a flying metal spike -- the kind used to secure tents and canopies -- which lodged about an inch into her neck.
She adds that was taken by ambulance to Los Angeles County-USC Hospital, where the spike was surgically removed. "The ER doctor told me that I nearly died," she writes in a chain email that has made the rounds in recent weeks.
FYF officials declined comment, as the incident is still under investigation.
In the end, Deslich says she spent about five hours in the hospital and racked up about $3000 in medical bills. But what's most bizarre about the story is that she has no idea where this spike came from, she says; it fell out of the blue, seemingly at random.
She spoke to us about the situation and its aftermath.