Winnipeg cyclist victim of hit and run happy to be alive

One Winnipeg family is sending a message to drivers following a hit and run incident involving a 15-year-old cyclist.

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. 1:32

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."

While he recalls the moment the vehicle first brushed up against him, Daniel doesn’t remember much beyond that.
RCMP are still looking for the suspected black truck with a missing mirror that hit Daniel Stasolla (CBC)

"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.

Drivers eventually pulled over and called 911; Daniel’s father Claudio was notified and raced to the scene.
After being the victim of a hit and run recently, 15-year-old Daniel Stosalla is asking drivers to extend cyclists the same space and respect they would another car. (Bert Savard/CBC)

"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.