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Motorcyclist survives acrobatic collision in Clearwater

CLEARWATER — A motorcyclist who walked away unscathed after he was cartwheeled through the air last month by a collision at a busy intersection says he is already back on the road on a new bike.

Motorcyclist Michael Curtis Smith, 22, of Clearwater was traveling north on Belcher Road on May 24 when he says a southbound Mitsubishi Galant suddenly turned left in front of him onto Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard.

"He just came out in front of me so I just braced for impact," Smith told Bay News 9. "Hit the front and back brakes the same exact time. I ejected myself. I wasn't going through the car. I had to go over it."

Smith and two witnesses said his light was green.

The driver of the car, 27-year-old Alex Jay Hall of St. Petersburg, said the light had turned red and he was already in the intersection so he simply completed his turn. He was cited for an improper left turn and driving with a suspended license without knowledge.

Authorities also cited Smith, whose license didn't have a motorcycle endorsement for his 2011 Honda. But Smith, who appeared dazed on a red light camera video showing him stand and start walking in circles immediately after the crash, told Bay News 9 that he is just thankful to have "just escaped death."

"No matter how hard you fall you've got to get back up," Smith said.

[Clearwater Police Department]

[Clearwater Police Department]

Motorcyclist survives acrobatic collision in Clearwater 06/20/14 [Last modified: Friday, June 20, 2014 3:39pm]
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