Popular television chef Duff Goldman took to social media to share a distressing experience he encountered recently. While on his way home from the airport, contemplating the birthday cake he planned to make for his daughter’s third birthday, Goldman’s journey took a terrifying turn.
An alleged drunk driver swerved into his lane on a winding country road, leading to a severe accident that left Goldman surrounded by airbags, bleeding, and thankfully alive but with an injury to his hand. Goldman, known for his creativity and skill in the kitchen particularly in cake making, expressed his gratitude for his life and the minor extent of his injuries under the circumstances.
“After doing a systems check and finding that my only injury was to my hand, I thanked my lucky stars that I’d still be there to celebrate her third birthday, even if I couldn’t make her cake,” he wrote on. Instagram. “I’m fine, but it’s gonna be a long road to recovery, and for someone like me who makes a living with my hands, you can imagine that this is no joke.”
View this post on Instagram
In his message, Goldman highlighted the irresponsibility and dangers of drunk driving, urging his followers to seek alternatives like using Uber, taxis, or calling a friend instead of getting behind the wheel after drinking. “There’s no excuse for driving drunk. None. Uber, taxi, call a friend. No excuse. Stay safe friends, count your blessings. If you’re drinking don’t drive, and if you’re driving, don’t drink,” he advised.
Goldman later told People, “I live on a really windy, canyon road in the Santa Monica Mountains, and this guy just came around this corner way too fast,” explaining how a driver lost control and collided with them. “He was already totally in our lane and just smashed into us.”
“I saw the whole thing happen… I just saw my wife and my daughter. It was nuts,” he shared. The crash’s immediate aftermath was chaotic. “And then boom, the crash happened. I was just doing a systems check, making sure everything was where it was supposed to be, and I see there’s blood all the way down my hand, but nothing else.”
“I was just like, ‘Thank God, thank God.’ Even as I was sitting there dealing with it, I was like, ‘I’m still here.'”
“It definitely doesn’t work,” Goldman said about his hand. “And I need it to, because that’s all I got.”
“He got out of the car and was kind of stumbling around. I was like, ‘Oh, this guy is hurt.’ And then I went over to see if he was all right and hold him upright. And I smelled his breath, and I was like …,” his voice fading. “Man, I was pretty angry.”
“My daughter almost didn’t have a dad because this guy was stupid,” Goldman explained. “There’s so many ways to get to where you need to go at the touch of a button, you can get a ride to anywhere you need to go. There’s just no excuse.”
“I just hope that people stop and think and just be like, ‘You know what? What’s the big deal? Take an Uber, and then in the morning I got to take an Uber back to where my car is.’ It’s not a big deal,” he said.
Since the accident, Goldman has been recuperating at his residence in Topanga, California, with his family, Johnna and Josephine, providing support. “I’ve been hugging my family a lot. I think they’re getting sick of it,” he comments with a laugh. “I just keep saying like, ‘Come here. Give me a hug real fast.”