NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - A bicyclist is in the ICU after a driver hit him and left. It happened near Glenrose Avenue and East Thompson Lane in South Nashville.

The man who was hit is expected to be at the hospital for at least a week. He's having surgeries to to his back and spine. 

“Lights, brakes locking up, and then bam. Knocked the hell out of me," Roger Giles told News4 over the phone.

43-year-old Roger Giles spoke with News4 moments before going into surgery. 

Some of his injuries include a broken back, an injured kidney, and a fractured vertebrae in his neck. 

His friend, Bill Dickerson, said police came to their home with a mangled purple mountain bike. 

“I thought he was dead. I really did. The bike is out back and it won’t roll," Dickerson said.

Dickerson said Giles was on his way to the store to get a pack of cigarettes. He was wearing a bright yellow shirt and had reflectors on his bike when he was hit. 

"The guy got out of his truck and drug him out of the road and told him he was alright and left," Dickerson said.

Metro polices also said the driver kicked Giles' flip flops to the side of the road. Officers told News4 Giles got up and started walking and yelling for help.

When he couldn't anymore, he crawled until a woman pulled over. Dickerson said she stayed until first responders got there.

“Come forward, good gracious. This kid is laying up here half dead," Dickerson said.

That's Dickerson's hope as police search for the driver responsible. As for Giles, he's staying positive as he recovers from his injuries.

"I've got Jesus in my heart. I'm lucky to be alive. I'm not going to sweat the small stuff," Giles said.

Giles believes the car that hit him was a black Ford F-150. His family and friends hope anyone who saw something will call police.

WSMV.com is now with you on the go! Get the latest news updates and video, 4WARN weather forecast, weather radar, special investigative reports, sports headlines and much more from News4 Nashville.

>> Click/tap here to download our free mobile app. <<


Copyright 2019 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

Reporter

Cameron Taylor is a national Edward R. Murrow award-winning journalist who joined the News 4 team in December 2018.

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.