Cyclist: Driver Didn't See Me Stuck in Windshield

Despite the fact that he actually spoke to the driver, Steven Gove says

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jan 21, 2014 1:45 PM CST

(Newser) – A Wisconsin man who became lodged in the windshield of a car that struck him said he turned to the driver and said, "Hello, I'm the guy you hit on the bicycle." The driver did not respond, but continued on, running a stop sign and hitting another vehicle before he arrived home, the cyclist, Steven Gove, told HTR Media about the Saturday incident. Gove says the man finally noticed him when he stopped the car outside his home. "He looked at me and said: 'Who are you? What are you doing in the car?'" and then started "freaking out" about going to jail.

The man then locked the car doors and went into his home. Gove, whose body had gone most of the way through the windshield, then pulled his knees and feet into the car. "I righted myself and got out," he said. "I unlocked the passenger's side door and started walking down the street." A witness had called police, who found Gove as he was walking and took him to a hospital. Doctors removed glass from Gove's eyes and treated him for other cuts to the head and leg. The driver, a 20-year-old Manitowoc man, was found at the home and treated at a hospital for a serious cut to the hand. He hadn't been formally charged as of this morning, but he was facing several preliminary charges, including suspicion of drunken driving.

Steven Gove of Manitowoc, Wis., talks about how lucky he was to escape serious injury after he was stuck in the windshield of a moving car, Monday, Jan 20, 2014.
Steven Gove of Manitowoc, Wis., talks about how lucky he was to escape serious injury after he was stuck in the windshield of a moving car, Monday, Jan 20, 2014.   (Sue Pischke)
This Jan. 21, 2014 photo shows Steven Gove’s three-wheeled tricycle and the car that hit him Saturday night at the Manitowoc, Wis., Police Station.
This Jan. 21, 2014 photo shows Steven Gove’s three-wheeled tricycle and the car that hit him Saturday night at the Manitowoc, Wis., Police Station.   (Sue Pischke)
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