Matt ‘lucky to be alive’

The scene of an accident between Hawsker and Normanby on the A171 on Saturday''w131803b
The scene of an accident between Hawsker and Normanby on the A171 on Saturday''w131803b

A motorbiker has had a miraculous escape after surviving a ‘100mph’ collision .

Now, Matt Howard (26), of Larpool Crescent, has thanked the complete strangers who ran to his aid when he was struck by a car that had spun out of control on the A171 near Normanby.

Matt Howard still smiling after a lucky escape from a motorcycle accident ''w131621

Matt Howard still smiling after a lucky escape from a motorcycle accident ''w131621

The incident occurred at around 7.30pm on Saturday evening when a black Peugeot 206 collided with Matt’s blue Triumph motorcycle.

Matt said: “He came round the corner and lost the back end, I saw him hit the verge, cut back across and took me out.

“I was smashed into and I got launched over the car. I just kept rolling, that was the worst part.”

After lying dazed for a moment, Matt was able to stand up and take his helmet off. His bike had skidded further along the road, while the Peugeot that struck him had come to a stop nearby, with the front end completely caved in.

The cars behind stopped to make sure Matt was alright, and three people kept him company until the emergency services arrived. Medics from the Yorkshire Ambulance assessed his wounds and decided to call for the assistance of Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

As he lay in the stretcher, preparing to be airlifted to hospital, Matt said he began to panic: “The only thing that hurt was my leg, but I thought have I broken my back, because I can’t feel anything?”

Matt was taken to hospital, where doctors were amazed to discover that he had not broken a single bone. Instead he had suffered bruising to his foot, ankle and lower leg and had severe grazing all down one side.

He was saved by the car hitting him at an angle, which launched him onto the car rather than into it, and thanks to the heavy-duty motorcycle gear he was wearing.

“I was just really annoyed that I had just got my bike back,” he added. Six months ago a car had pulled out on Matt as he crossed a roundabout near Scarborough, and with the busy season approaching for bikers, he has appealed to car drivers to take more care to look out for motorcyclists. “People don’t even see you,” he said. “It’s a bit frightening, so people should try to pay more attention.”

However, Matt said he has been biking his entire life and will not let the experience put him off: “I have done a lot of miles, so to only get hit twice isn’t so bad. Friends and family don’t want me to get another bike. But they don’t understand and if you have to explain, they never will.”