MANITOWOC, Wis. — It was a bike ride like no other. Steven Gove, 56, found himself hurled into the windshield of a car with his legs dangling out after being hit by a suspected drunk driver.
“Wham! Everything was in the car expect my knees and my feet,” Gove told the Green Bay Press Gazette.”
Gove was on his way home from his newspaper delivery route when the accident happened.
“Moving along. The next thing I know I’m inside some fella’s car,” Gove said. “I said, ‘Hello, how do you do? I’m the guy you hit on the bicycle.'”
Gove said the driver offered no response.
“He just continue driving on down the road,” Gove said.
A witness saw the incident and immediately called 911.
“Oh my God. I don’t know the address, but somebody just hit a person,” the witness told police.
The witness followed the 20-year-old driver and said she saw him drive through a stop sign and then crash into a car. According to her, the suspect then drove to his home, leaving Gove still dangling out of the windshield. Gove managed to climb into the vehicle and then get out of the car. He walked a couple of blocks until police located him and took him to an area hospital where he was treated for cuts to his head and glass in his eyes.
“I’m just happy to be alive,” he said.
Police located the suspect inside his home. He was taken to a different hospital where he was treated for a cut to one of his hands and released into police custody.
Police said their investigation continues. Gove said while he is pursuing legal action, he has no ill will toward the suspect.
“I hope he can get his life straightened out,” Gove said. “He’s a young man. He deserves a second chance.”
As for Gove, he hopes to return to work as soon as possible.