Police said “an angel should have been on the shoulder” of a bicyclist who was badly hurt after he was knocked down by a car at 70 mph in The United States and Canada.
Josh Quigley, 27, from Livingston, was attempting to cycle worldwide when he was struck by a car in Flat, Texas, on 21 December.
He was hit on Highway 36, near Temple, at 23: 24 by a 60- year-old woman driving a maroon Cadillac Sedan.
An examination has actually concluded and the chauffeur will not be charged.
Speaking from his health center bed, Mr Quigley stated: “I enjoy that the driver will not be charged as I do not want her punished. It is terrible enough to knock somebody down.
” I am recovering well and I have actually absolutely nothing versus her. Everyone makes errors and there was no malicious intent so I will compose a letter to her when I am better to let her know this.”
Mr Quigley has had operations on a damaged heel and ankle in addition to a stent suited an artery in his neck which feeds blood to his brain.
He has 10 damaged ribs, a punctured lung and a fractured pelvis and skull.
He has been required to abandon his plans to go back to Scotland to recuperate after doctors banned him from flying for six weeks.
A Coryell County Sheriff’s Workplace report said the driver called the police who sent a helicopter to take Mr Quigley to hospital and the road was closed.
It stated the chauffeur said Mr Quigley was not able to speak at the scene of the crash and that he was “bleeding from all over”.
Sgt Bryan Washko, of the Texas Department of Public Safety, informed BBC Scotland officers had reacted to a major crash on Highway 36 in Flat, Texas in Coryell County.
He said: “A 2006 Cadillac Sedan run by a 60- year-old woman was travelling southbound on Highway 36.
” Josh Quigley, 27, of Livingston, Scotland was also southbound on Highway36 Mr Quigley was lawfully running a bicycle on Highway 36 with a functional blinking red rear light fixed to his bicycle.”
He said the chauffeur had actually been approaching Mr Quigley from behind when she clashed with him, triggering him to be ejected onto the best side of the roadway.
” The crash investigation is total and concludes it was a mishap, Sgt Washko said. “It was not an intentional act so no charges have been filed.”
He said Mr Quigley sustained “incapacitating” injuries and was flown to Baylor Scott and White Hospital in Temple, Texas by Med Flight Ambulance.
The cyclist said he was astonished by how well he had actually recuperated in a week.
He stated he would now rest in the United States up until he had the ability to get back on his bike next year.
Laura Smith, of the Texas Department of Public Safety, said: “He must have had an angel on his shoulder as this was a really severe accident.”
Mr Quigley stated he seemed like the “luckiest guy worldwide” for making it through the crash.
He began his round-the-world trip in Edinburgh in April. He was 2,000 miles short of his 18,000 target when he was struck.
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It is his seventh effort at biking all over the world.
He said he was not sure when he would be able to return to riding his bike however that he hoped it would be in April.
The incident is one of a variety of obstacles faced by Mr Quigley considering that he started his trip consisting of sweat ruining his passport in Australia, which suggested he needed to fly back to Britain to get a new one before carrying on with his trip.
In April, just weeks into his world attempt, burglars took his bike, which he nicknamed Braveheart, from outside a hostel in London
Mr Quigley had actually been planning to cycle from Los Angeles to New York City for the latest leg of his journey. However after his water bottles kept freezing in the US winter, he changed course to complete his North American leg in the warmer environment of Florida.
He started the journey to beat depression and alcoholic abuse.
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