Tyler Noe was riding with a friend on Natchez Trace with a friend on July 8. While they were riding, a black SUV sped up alongside them and hit Noe before fleeing the scene. Noe was thrown from his bicycle and suffered serious injuries, which he is still recovering from. Police tracked down the driver, who had taken stickers off his car and had cleaned the spot that hit Noe to avoid identification. When questioned, he blamed Noe, saying that Noe had thrown his bike at the car.
Caught on Camera
The kicker? The whole incident was caught on Noe’s friend’s head-mounted GoPro camera. The perpetrator confessed to the crime and was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, providing a false statement to a federal agent and destruction of evidence. If convicted, he faces up to 37 years in prison.
Public awareness of the accident, thanks to the GoPro video posted online, rallied the cycling community. They pitched in and buy Noe a Cervelo P2 racing bike, which retails for around $2,000. Noe plans to participate in races and triathlons with the new bike.
When a hit-and-run occurs, all too often the victim is the one left on the hook for medical expenses, lost wages and more. That is why it is important to involve the police as well as a personal injury attorney to investigate all avenues of the incident, identify the person responsible and seek recovery for the victim.