Onlookers ran to the aid of a Youngtown motorcyclist who was knocked off his bike by a car in Launceston.
CCTV footage captured the moment Brett Grey was hit by the red Holden Commodore sedan while riding his blue and white Harley on the corner of York and Wellington Street on Saturday afternoon.
“We were both on the white line and the first vehicles at the intersection,” the Tasmanian Motorcycle Wholesalers owner said.
“The lights turned green, and I took off.
“Just out of the corner of my eye I saw the red of the car, and I thought, ‘oh, she’s overshot her lane’.
“I tried to straighten the bike up to give her a little bit of space, but she just continued on and knocked me off my bike.”
Mr Grey said he was knocked onto the intersection and left disoriented.
While a few cars did drive on, many onlookers stopped to come to his aid.
“Fortunately there was another motorcyclist behind me, and he stopped straight away,” he said.
“There were a couple of guys waiting to cross the road. They rushed over, and there were quite a few others that were waiting at the lights on Wellington Street who saw it all happen.
“They called the police and ambulance for me which was good.”
The driver of the Commodore pulled up outside Woolworths and got out of the car, but after a few moments got back inside and allegedly fled the scene.
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“When the car hit my left leg she sort of yelled out, because she had her window down. I only saw her for a millisecond,” he said.
Mr Grey said he was very fortunate he wasn’t injured further, coming away from the crash sore through his back, shoulders, and lower leg where the car had hit him.
“I had my riding gear on, so no skin off or anything broken” he said.
There was some damage to his bike, but it came away from the crash quite well.
“It’s my pride and joy, I’ve only had it for four weeks,” he said.
“I’ve been a motorcyclist for 43 years. I would class myself as a competent rider, so I don’t usually get myself into these sort of situations.
“She just kept going. That was the part that shocked me.”
Mr Grey urged road users to have mutual respect for one another.
“If you make a mistake, own it,” he said.
“We all make mistakes, it’s what we do about it that’s the critical factor as far as I’m concerned.”
It was understood the driver had been located by police on Sunday afternoon, however it was not revealed whether she had been charged over the incident.
Information or CCTV footage should contact police on 131 444.
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