LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - For veteran newsman Sam Dick, it's one thing to talk about stories where bicyclists are injured on the roadways, but it's another thing to actually be the story. Sunday afternoon, while training for an upcoming event in Maryland, Sam took a spill on Chinoe Road.
"The next thing I know, I'm just smashed into the asphalt," described the WKYT anchor on Sunday just after walking out of the UK Hospital Emergency Room.
Sam and his wife both say he's lucky to be alive and it could've been a lot worse, still he's pretty banged up.
"My shoulder feels really sore, but they say nothing is broken," stated Sam, "the helmet is key. I don't know how bad I'd be hurt, they say I have a mild concussion."
Every year WKYT reports on more and more accidents involving bicycles, and now one of our own is among the statistics.
"I try to watch over my shoulder, I watch the cars parked on the side, I stay away from doors being opened up, I watch for people," explained the avid rider, who went on to describe the accident. "I'm coming down really fast this afternoon, and I see a Jeep Cherokee pull out. I've been down (this road) a lot before and we (riders) reach a lot of speed going down that hill. It wasn't his fault, he or she did realize how fast I was going. They pulled out in front of me down quite a ways, but I was going so fast I caught up with them really fast. And I'm unclear how, all I remember is smashing into the pavement. I take full responsibility for it."
Shortly after taking the spill on a curve along Chinoe Road, witnesses rushed to Sam's side and he said he's grateful that they were there to help him in that scary moment.
"I don't know their names but I want to thank them."
Sam said he's had an accident last year after riding on some roadway that wasn't even, and it sent him tumbling to the ground. He was not severely injured and walked away with cuts and burns. Still, he doesn't want this accident to be for naught, instead hopes his story protects the next rider.
"It's really risky and I paid for it today."
While he's banged up, he'll be back on the bike and back at the desk before too long but he'll need time to heal.