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Injured cyclist wants to thank Good Samaritan

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A man who was badly injured in a bicycle crash wants to find and thank the person who called 911. Willie Wilson, 49, says if it wasn't for that call for help, he might not be alive today.

The wreck happened in the 4400 block of Troup Highway a little more than a week ago.

While the injured man says he crashed his bike because he was hit by a car. Police say there was no evidence to investigate the wreck as a hit and run.

Regardless, Wilson says he's just grateful to be alive.

"When I got hit, the back of my bike, it went up like that, and it kind of swerved. I was trying to hold it. Next thing I know it was throwing me," said Wilson.

Wilson's right shoulder was dislocated, his nasal cavities are broken and he suffers from head trauma. He says his injuries have made his life unbearable.

"Real bad pain which I take medication for to try to hold down the pain," said Wilson.

He says the wreck damaged his 10 speed bike that he's had for years.

"It blew the tire out and this chain right here is broke, and this is bent," he said as he pointed out damaged spots on his bike.

Police say they were called out to the scene off Troup Highway on a report of an unresponsive man near a bicycle. From their investigation, they say it appears Wilson somehow fell off his bike on his own. Wilson says that's not true.

"I was where I was supposed to be. I wasn't in the middle of the highway or any kind of lane and I had my lights on," said Wilson.  "As I got halfway down the hill, all I know is that a vehicle hit me from behind. "

Whatever happened out there, police say there just wasn't enough to investigate this as a hit and run accident. However, Wilson says he was hit by a vehicle and wants to thank the person who called 911.

"By God's grace somebody seen me and pulled me out of the middle of the highway and dialed 911," he said.

A call of compassion that he says saved his life.

"You can replace my bike, but you can't replace my life," said Wilson.

Wilson says his bike was his only form of transportation. Again, right now, police are not investigating this crash as a hit and run.

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