He flew off his motorcycle, crashing headfirst into the pavement last Sunday. Brian Roberts Sr. of La Vista is out of the hospital and talking about the terrifying experience.
“It is the scariest thing I've ever been through in my life." This coming from a man who spent 20 years serving our country, most recently a year in Baghdad. “I got shot at every day over there, rolled over in a canal in a Humvee over there and that was nothing compared to what happened that day."
Roberts was riding his 1500 Goldwing motorcycle. “I had just turned here from 72nd (Street) and I was heading west down here on Military (Avenue). This black sedan comes up and pinches me between the median up here and his vehicle. I thought me hitting my head, that was it because I hit it so hard."
Roberts, who was wearing a helmet, said the other driver didn't bother stopping as he laid motionless on the median. “I'd like to figure out who it was to be honest with you. It boggles the mind."
After all he's been through, the 43-year-old wanted to talk. “Someone put me into a curb and I just, people should pay more attention."
Whoever it was, Roberts said the driver taught him an invaluable lesson. “When I lived in Texas, because they don't have a helmet law there, and I used to ride all the time on the interstate and everything else without a helmet."
He will never be without his helmet, which has allowed him to continue being a son, a grandfather and a dad. “To anybody that rides, it literally saved my life."
Roberts was treated at the Nebraska Medical Center. He’s thankful there were people to help him and that NMC responded so quickly.
Anyone with information about the accident or knows the identity of the driver who didn’t stop is asked to call Omaha police at 402-444-7867.