Skip to comments.Florida State tight end Nick O’Leary walks away from horrific motorcycle crash(video)
Posted on 07/26/2013 7:22:20 PM PDT by TurboZamboni
Nick O'Leary, Florida State tight end and grandson of golf legend Jack Nicklaus, not only survived but walked away from the insane crash in the above video.
As originally reported Wednesday night by Bud Elliott at Tomahawk Nation, the accident occurred on May 2 in Tallahassee. After slamming into the front of a car that pulled in front of him, O'Leary slid between 75 and 100 feet while the remnants of his motorcycle crashed into the windshield of the Star Metro Bus.
According to the accident report obtained by Tomahawk Nation, O'Leary was treated for non-life threatening injuries at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital while the driver of the Lexus was cited as the cause of the crash for violating O'Leary's right of way.
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Where the heck was the guy in the car going?
I hope they don’t find a Gators bumpersticker on the car.
George Zimmerman can’t be everywhere saving every one.
Looked to me like he was going too fast for the conditions. Always expect the worst from cagers, never ever depend on them to do the right thing or to see you.
Glad he was ok, good health and fitness and good riding gear saved the day.
Incredibly fortunate this kid is. One can see his helmet rolling down the street through the bus window. Amazing that his skull wasn’t fractured. Must have a very hard head.
If he did hit his head, but didn’t realize it, and walked away, he could still suffer some sort of brain trauma later on. Of course, if it happens when he’s playing football, they’ll blame it on the sport.
You are right on all counts.
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In principle a rider should be ready to dodge an unexpected obstacle like that, but it’s not clear from this if there would have been room to thread the needle between the car and the bus. I used to ride, only stopped because I fell on hard times and sold the bike, but would still do so again if the means became available (preferable steed being a Harley or maybe a Victory or one of the new Indians, not a rice racer like this one).
God “proverbially” (actually literally) watches over drunks and bikers, and this wasn’t this fellow’s appointed time yet. Neither has it yet been mine; while an inexperienced rider stopped to make a left turn, I was barreled into once by a van. Physics would dictate the bike would have been knocked from under me with me doing a back head plant into the van’s windshield and getting likely decapitated. Not me; my grip remained firm on the handlebars and the van with bike impaled in its radiator went through the intersection and as the van stopped on the other side only then did my grip fail and I flew forward, not backwards.
He was going way too fast. Just look at the speed of the white car at the beginning of the video and compare that to his speed.
He applied the brakes really hard, so much that he was in the middle of a stoppie when he impacted the car. That may have saved his life — his seat was elevated above the hood at the moment of impact, allowing his body to clear the car. The fact that his weight is so high (250) helped raise the bike/rider center of gravity and contributed to the rear wheel lift.
The car was technically at fault but the car’s motion was slow and predictable. Had he been paying attention he surely could have stopped in time. As a mrcyclist you always assume everyone else is out to kill you. Always assume the cagers will pull out in front of you, turn left in front of you, will not stop for the red light or stop sign, etc. Always keep your options open, keep a way out.
This should have been an avoidable accident — for someone with minimal street skills. Skills the rider didn’t have.
I quit riding back in the late 60s when I became aware of just how many motorists ARE out for that.
You got that right!!!
Cagers can survive mistakes that we can’t.
The Flyswatter effect . . .
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