Winnipeg cyclist victim of hit and run happy to be alive
15-year-old Daniel Stasolla hopes drivers will learn from incident, treat cyclists same as vehicles
Fifteen-year-old Winnipegger Daniel Stasolla's bike is not what it use to be.
Stasolla was cycling 20-minutes south of Winnipeg on Highway 75 when he was struck by a vehicle last Wednesday.
The driver fled the scene.
You have to respect the cars and the cars have to respect you- Claudio Stasolla
Luckily Daniel was wearing a helmet at the time of impact.
"Saved my life, apparently — that's what the doctors said."
"The side view mirror of the truck hit my arm and then the back of my head hit the window and I got knocked out right away."
Daniel was thrown into the ditch running alongside the highway and the driver took off northward. He was knocked out for 10- to 30-minutes.
"We approached the location; we saw Daniel lying down and a firefighter holding his head," said the elder Stasolla.
RCMP are still looking for the black truck with the missing mirror Daniel described, and a large black mirror was found at the scene.
Daniel was rushed to hospital with a bad concussion and a broken wrist.
”As days go by I start thinking about why didn't this person stop,” said Claudio.
Daniel also finds the driver’s behaviour difficult to comprehend, but he knows things could have ended far worse.
"I guess I feel pretty bad for them because they must be really guilty,” said Claudio. “I would be guilty if I did that to someone and kept going."
The Stasolla father and son hope drivers see this as a teachable reminder to be mindful of their surroundings on the road — and to extend cyclists the same space and respect they would another car.
"You have to respect the cars and the cars have to respect you," said Claudio.