HOMEWOOD, Ala. (WIAT) — A motorcycle rider is asking for the public’s assistance to find the driver of a vehicle he claims ran into him and kept on going Saturday night.
William Hayes tells CBS 42 that he was sitting at a red light on Valley Avenue in Homewood on Saturday night around 10:00 p.m. when an SUV clipped him from behind.
Hayes says it knocked his Harley Davidson out from under him.
“I was stopped at a traffic light at the intersection of Beckham and Valley Avenue and was rear ended by somebody in another vehicle and they never, never checked up. Just took off down the road,” said William Hayes. “Never slowed down at all, no brake lights or anything. Drove right through me.”
He said he was in the right lane at the time.
“It kind of just pushed me over to the left hand side. Just kept going through the red light,” said Hayes.
We caught up with Hayes as he was getting his Harley towed to a dealership for repairs.
Remarkably, he isn’t seriously injured. Hayes says he never even hit the ground.
“Just some bumps and bruises on the back of my leg, but no major damage,” said Hayes.
His bike isn’t as lucky.
This time of year there are a lot of motorcycle riders hitting the road to soak up the warm weather.
Motorcycle safety instructor Brian Nelson says his course teaches bikers to be on the defensive all the time.
“Ride like you’re invisible. If, if you have the mindset that no one can see you out there then you take a little more defensive action. And are prepared for anything that may come up,” said Brian Nelson.
Homewood police are investigating the Saturday night incident.
Hayes says he found this piece of the other vehicle at the scene. he hopes it will lead police to the driver.
“We’re looking for a red, dark red GMC Envoy or a Chevy Trailblazer that’s missing a significant portion of its left front end,” said Hayes.
“It’s a real shame you know it could have been anybody. It could have been somebody in another vehicle. It could have been somebody crossing the street.”
William Hayes is urging anyone who knows something about the wreck or the other vehicle to contact the Homewood Police Department.
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