A motorcyclist who thanked his lucky stars for dodging a major crash may have ended up seeing them seconds later – when the lamppost he hit landed on his head.
The bizarre crash – filmed by CCTV in Fortim, in the eastern Brazilian state of Ceara – began when biker Daniel Joventino Rumao, 21, was knocked from his motorcycle by a driver.
The video shows the car turning across the path of the motorbike and clipping Daniel’s bike, sending him flying off.
In the video, Daniel can be seen throwing himself off his motorbike when he clips the corner of a car which is preparing to turn into a road
His riderless bike flies into the lamppost and he stands up, thinking he has avoided the worst
As Daniel slides, his riderless bike slams into a lamppost.
Then as the biker gets up, the lamppost falls over, hitting him right on the top of the head.
Daniel, who is a local city councillor, said: ‘When I saw that I was going to crash against the lamppost, I jumped from the motorbike.’
After surviving the fall with barely a scratch, he stood up just at the moment when the post was falling down.
But he is only knocked back down to the ground as the lamppost topples with the impact of the motorbike. He sustained serious injuries
Daniel explained: ‘It hit me in the head and then in the legs.
‘During the first few seconds I saw stars.
‘Then I looked at my legs and I noticed that I was badly injured. The pain was very strong but I was conscious all the time.’
Surgeons had to piece his shattered bones back together with steel pins and he is recovering in hospital.
Daniel said: ‘The lucky thing was to have survived. There is no greater victory than that.
‘I was born again.’
Now police are hunting for the driver, who fled following the crash.
Daniel said: ‘He got out of the car, looked at me and then left.
‘I know that he did not want to hurt me, but I hope he will pay for the damage to my motorbike.’