Forget Superman. The real Man of Steel is playing high school football in Southern California.
Meet David Tolmachoff. A star lineman for Los Altos (he traditionally lines up at defensive end), Tolmachoff has the requisite size and bulk of other top performers at his position. In fact, as noted by the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, he’s so big, so strong, that he was able to survive a head on bicycle crash with a moving car. And not any moving car: A Toyota Scion utility vehicle.
You can see a photo of the Scion which finished worse for wear directly above. Keep in mind: That damage was done by a human being.
No, Tolmachoff didn’t walk away free and clear, but he did survive, and recovered quickly enough to return in time for the 2014 football season.
“I was right in front of the school, normally I cross (the street) right in the same spot and I guess I didn’t see the car because once I pulled out, there was a (Toyota) Scion and I took it head on,” Tolmachoff told the Tribune. “After that, I just remember being airlifted and the lights in the hospital. I don’t remember anything beside that.”
Tolmachoff has put the entire episode behind him, to the point that the incident is now a running joke on campus, complete with a teacher dressing as a bloodied Tolmachoff for Halloween.
“It was right front in of the school and as I’m running down the street to see what happened, I saw the car before I saw David and all I was thinking about was how I’m going to have to call his parents and tell them he just got hit by a car and is dead,” Los Altos head coach Dale Ziola told the Tribune. “Then, I saw David alive and sitting up. He was bleeding profusely, but he was still responsive.
“It was pretty lucky that he just walked out of it with a broke jaw and scrapes and bruises. It was scary at the moment. Now, it’s a whole lot of fun. We even had a teacher for dress up for Halloween as David and walk around with a cardboard version of a Scion.”