Cyclist survives hit-and-run crash after being thrown 10ft into the air

Chris Parsons
·News Editor

Cyclist Patrick Knetemann is catapulted into the air during this dramatic point-of-view footage showing his head-on crash with a hit-and-run driver.

Officer worker Patrick, 34, was riding along a main road in Slough, Berks, when a black VW swerved across the road and smashed into him head-on.

He was thrown from his saddle and into the car windscreen, which shattered with the force of the impact.

A bullet cam on his handlebars continued filming as the bike spun wildly through the air and landed 10ft away behind the car.

The bike cam captures Patrick on the floor as it's thrown high into the air moments after the crash. (SWNS)
The bike cam captures Patrick on the floor as it's thrown high into the air moments after the crash. (SWNS)


The moment of impact saw Patrick and his bike thrown 10ft into the air. (SWNS)
The moment of impact saw Patrick and his bike thrown 10ft into the air. (SWNS)


The mystery driver was briefly caught on camera but has yet to be identified.
The mystery driver was briefly caught on camera but has yet to be identified.


Patrick was left in agony in the gutter and the crash completely sheered off the front forks and wheel of his red road bike.

The motorist sped off but luckily an off-duty paramedic came to Parick's rescue and he was rushed to Wexham Park Hospital in Slough.

 

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Remarkably, he escaped with only bruising and fractures after the crash in Slough, Berks.

Patrick said: 'He came out of nowhere. The impact was so quick I had no time to stop.

'I hit the windscreen with my shoulder and it shattered straight away - that shows how fast and hard he hit me.

Patrick, 34, with the bike which was smashed in the hit-and-run. (SWNS)
Patrick, 34, with the bike which was smashed in the hit-and-run. (SWNS)


The damage to Patrick's bike is clear to see. (SWNS)
The damage to Patrick's bike is clear to see. (SWNS)


'I think he was turning right to go into the Kwik Fit garage and didn't see me.

'But I had a light on my bike, and I was wearing a bright red helmet.

'After one or two seconds he sped off leaving me there on the pavement.'

Patrick survived the horrific collision with fractures to two cervical discs in his neck and bruising to his upper body.

Police are using the footage to investigate the accident on June 21 on Langley Park Road.

Thames Valley Police confirmed it is investigating the hit-and-run that took place on Saturday 14th June, 2014.

A spokesman was unable to say if officers had yet spoken to the driver.

Mr Knetemann said police officers had told him the number plates on the car that hit him were false.

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