CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Twenty-four year old cyclist Robert Lyew wants the driver who hit him, and left the scene of the crime, off the streets.
“He just plowed into me and kept going,” Lyew said.
Doctors told him he’s lucky to be alive.
“They said I was incredibly fortunate in every way possible,” he said.
Lyew lives in Hartsville, South Carolina, but was visiting his girlfriend in Charlotte. On Sunday morning, he decided to go for a ride. He started his route at 8 a.m. Whenever he came across a bike lane, he used it. But there wasn’t one the stretch of Belmeade Drive just past the U.S. National Weather Center.
At that point, he was riding on the side of the road. All of a sudden, something hit him from behind.
“It felt, like, almost felt like a sledgehammer hit me in the back. And I felt myself being propelled through the air and I landed in a ditch,” he said.
People started coming by the scene. A lady approached Lyew, who was injured on the ground, and called 911.
He was rushed to the hospital to be treated for a punctured lung, broken ribs and cuts. His bike was split in two. The rear wheel exploded. The specialized cycle bike is not ridable and he’ll have to spend thousands to get it fixed, or to buy another one.
“I’m not looking for any wrath. Instead, I want Charlotte to be safe. I want to have this guy removed from the roads,” Lyew said.
He’s been cycling for five years. This is the first time something this serious has happened to him while riding.
“Honestly think I will eventually get back on the bike, but it takes some time to develop some confidence,” he said.
The description we know of the vehicle that hit Lyew is a black Mercedes, possibly a Sedan.