Victims of a scary bicycle-car collision Tuesday posted the video online as a safety reminder.
On Tuesday, Keith Kachur was on his way home from a doctor’s appointment on Columbus Avenue approaching a green light at Central Avenue when a bicyclist entered the sidewalk and collided with his car.
"It was a big surprise," Kachur said. "I yelled and braked."
The bicyclist rolled onto the hood of Kachur’s Subaru and hit his helmet against the windshield, shattering it.
"My heart jumped out of my chest," Kachur said. "I've never experienced anything like that before."
The bicyclist suffered scrapes on his legs but is expected to be OK.
"I shook his hand and gave him a hug," Kachur said.
This accident comes as the National Safety Council reports car deaths are estimated to be the highest in nine years. In Arizona, an 8 percent increase is expected from last year.
"It's unfortunate but generally if you're riding a bike, being as safe as possible is key because no matter what, you’re always going to lose against a car," said Luke Mays, another bicyclist.
The City of Phoenix reports 450 bicycle-car collisions over the last five years. Mays said Tuesday’s accident and others he sees every day are proof cars and bicyclists need to share responsibility of the road.
"The major rule of the road is to act like you're a car yourself, you're coming up on a red light, always come to a complete stop," Mays said.
While the bicyclist didn’t want to comment on the accident, Kachur said he gave permission for the video of it to be posted online. Kachur hopes it raises awareness.
"Anything can happen," Kachur said.
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