Louisville cyclist tells his story after getting hit and being left for dead outside a church
Jonathon Porter was left with a fractured skull and fractured ribs.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville cyclist is sharing his story for the first time after almost dying while riding home from an election night watch party in November.
The last thing Johnathon Porter remembers is seeing his neighborhood on the other side of the West Oak Street before attempting to cross Dixie Highway.
It’s an intersection he’s crossed numerous times.
“I recall getting toward my neighborhood, getting toward my house, and after that, the next memory I have is waking up in the hospital,” Porter told WDRB News.
Porter says there are about three hours of his life that are unaccounted for. After leaving the election watch party on his bike around 2 a.m., his body was found outside Hill Street Missionary Baptist Church on Dixie Highway around 5 a.m.
“I was found further from my actual bike route that I usually ride," he said. "So that's the most disturbing part -- the fact that I was somewhere I normally don't ride."
In fact, the church where Porter was left unconscious with a fractured skull and fractured ribs is 1.5 miles away from where he believes he was hit by a car.
“My guess is that they possibly thought I was dead at the scene and was probably trying to get themselves out of consequences of whatever trouble they thought they were in,” he said.
Porter says he doesn't have road burns consistent with being dragged that far, which is why he thinks he was taken to the church.
He's now telling his story because he wants everyone on the roads to be cautious.
“I would like to remind drivers to make sure they are courteous to cyclists, pedestrians, anyone on the road for that matter and to stay vigilant,” Porter said.
After hearing his story, Pure Cycles out of California is replacing his stolen bike with a newer, better model.
“We're extremely interested in getting more people to ride bikes, and we don't want anyone to have a bad experience riding bikes,” Pure Cycles Co-Founder Michael Fishman said. “We want to make sure that he knows we care about him. We care about all our customers.”
Porter hasn't been on a bike since his accident, but he says he's ready.
“I don't care if it's snowing or what when I do receive my bike. I'm going to definitely ride,” Porter said.
As for his stolen bike, he believes it’s the clue that will lead police to the people responsible. If you have any information on who hit Johnathon porter or stole his bike, you're asked to call LMPD.
Porter’s family has sent up a fundraising page to help with medical bills. If you’d like to donate, click here.
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