Hit-and-Run: Won’t deter Injured Tyler Noe
After getting struck by a car on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Tennessee, Tyler Noe intends to get back on the bike very soon
“This is one of the most fun things I’ve ever done,” Tyler Noe giddily told his riding partner nearly two hours into his first bike ride since he was a kid. The weather was perfect, the scenery beautiful, the traffic thin. The two heard a honk, then an engine revving. Moments later, a black Volvo slammed into Noe. That instant felt like an eternity.
“I closed my eyes,” 24 year old Tyler Noe said. “I didn’t know if I’d ever open them again.”
Noe was slammed hard into the tarmac. He sprang up from the ground, only to watch the car that hit him drive away.
Riding partner, Greg Goodman, 48, quickly called 911 as Noe As staggered to the grass alongside the road clearly in distress.
Seconds later, Josh Schwartz pedaled up to the two. He’d been riding less than 20 yards away, and saw the horrific scene unfold.
“I was in shock,” Schwartz said. “The Natchez Trace is one of the safest places to ride a bike. It’s a National Park road; every driver knows cyclists are everywhere, especially on the weekend.
“Noe was riding in a straight line about three feet to the right of the center line. The car that hit him had plenty of room to safely pass, but instead, he hit him. There was no way Noe swerved or ran into the car.”
What made in this incident was Goodman’s helmet-mounted Go-Pro, which recorded the entire event. Goodman put the footage of his crash on social media, trying to find the Volvo’s driver. The video, which has had nearly 2 million views, sparked multiple debates about drivers and rider safety across social media.
Grantly Neely saw the post on Facebook that evening and identified the alleged hit-and-run driver as his “abusive alcoholic” father, Marshall Grant Neely III.
Marshall Grant Neely III was arrested later that night, and later charged with reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to immediately notify of accident, and failure to render aid. More charges could follow as there is a question of whether he hit Noe on purpose.
Marshall Grant Neely III was arrested and started to change his account of what happened, first he said that a man and a woman had thrown the bicycle at the car, then claimed that Noe had actually ridden into him, but he no idea of the vidoe posted on social media.
“It was the scariest moment of my life, but I’m not going to quit because of it. I’ve got to keep moving forward.” Tyler Noe said
Noe suffered road rash and severe bruising to his kidneys and legs. Days later, he was still struggling to walk, relying on a walking stick that his girlfriend bought him as a joke.
Despite the incident, Noe says he intends to get back on the bike when he's able to
“I’ll always have this in the back of my mind when I’m cycling” Noe said. “It was the scariest moment of my life, but I’m not going to quit because of it. I’ve got to keep moving forward.”
The Nashville cycling community immediately tried to help after the incident.
Red Kite Bicycle Studio began fundraising to buy Noe a new bike and gear, while another group was organizing a fundraising ride later this month. Noe called the response unbelievable.
“There are good people in the world, but the local cycling community aren’t just good, they’re amazing people,” Noe said. “I don’t know how I can ever repay them for this support.”