Lucky to be alive
Tuesday, 2nd December, 2008
A local motorbike rider is lucky to be alive after riding into a piece of string suspended across the road.
Phillip Greenwood said he was riding to work south along Iodide Street at 6am on Sunday when he hit the fluorescent yellow builder's twine that was stretched between a telegraph pole and a Wolfram Street road sign.
"I didn't see it until it was right in front of me," Phillip said.
"All of a sudden my head got pulled back and it started to tear into my neck.
"It threw me back a bit. I pretty much laid down. My back hit the back seat."
Phillip believes the thing that saved him from falling off his bike, or worse, was the string breaking loose from the road sign.
"If the string hadn't of snapped, I wouldn't be sitting here. When it snapped, the string lassoed around my neck and the other end was still attached to the telegraph pole."
When the BDT visited the 21-year-old yesterday, burn marks were evident on his work collar and deep cuts could be seen on the front and back of his neck.
"I had to peel the string out of my neck," Phillip said.
"It still stings. My neck's killing me."
The 650 Cruiser rider reported the incident to police and said he wanted to warn other motorbike riders to keep a lookout for the type of reckless behaviour that could have cost him his life.
"I don't think it was a personal attack on me but I think they knew what was going to happen.
"I was just unlucky because trucks go along there all the time."
While he won't stop riding his bike, Phillip said the incident would not be easily forgotten.
"It spooked me... it puts a fear in you."
Acting Inspector Greg McMahon from the local police said that whoever laid the trap had committed "an act of stupidity" because it could so easily have killed the young man.
"He was incredibly lucky not to have been decapitated," he said.
Iodide Street between Williams and Argent streets is part of a busy highway and Acting Inspector McMahon said this meant that the string trap would had to have been set not long before the motorcyclist hit it.
He appealed to any witnesses to come forward and help police with their investigation.
"It anyone has any information, we would be very pleased to hear from them," he said.