LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A Little Rock biker is fighting for his life after a minivan crashed into him Thursday morning.
Robert Barrett, a father of three with a fourth on the way, was riding home on his motorcycle on Chicot Road when a minivan gunned it to make a left turn onto Mabelvale Cut Off Road and ran right into him, according to his wife’s Facebook posts.
“He actually looked like he was a part of the bike how he was laying in the road,” said one of the few witnesses who works at the Exxon gas station at the Chicot/Mabelvale Cut Off intersection. “I guess she was maybe doing something that was distracting her and she didn’t see him or something, but it was her fault.”
Barrett’s wife states the crash fractured his head and face, bruised his lungs and caused brain hemorrhaging.
“I thought he died,” the witness said. “Then he started hollering really loud so I just couldn’t imagine how he was feeling or what he was going through at the time.”
This is not the first accident the Exxon employee has witnessed while on the job.
“I’ve seen a lot in a year,” she said. “Right here, in this same intersection. People just don’t pay attention, especially in the morning traffic. They try to run lights to catch the light and they end up having an accident.”
The exact same scenario could have taken two lives Thursday morning.
“I’m glad that she [the driver of the minivan] is ok, but I’m definitely glad he’s ok,” the witness said. “I called 911 because I couldn’t tell if he was wearing a helmet or not.”
According to his wife, Barrett was wearing a helmet and it saved his life, an important message she shared with the Facebook community that’s been shared more than 3,000 times.
“At least his wife has something to hold on to to know that he can get through it and come back home,” the witness said.
At last check, Barrett is off the ventilator and resting with an oxygen mask.