Sixty-one-year old Michael Grazette was certain he was staring death in the eye yesterday, as some 4,000 pounds of metal “swung” at him.
“I thought he was going to kill me,” Grazette recalled today of the hit-and-run driver who came within a whisker of ending his life at the Passage Road Junction in Baxters Road, St Michael.
Police said they responded to an accident around 12:35 p.m., which involved a cyclist and a car driven by an unknown male who fled the scene.
Grazette was the cyclist and he had just left Carlton Supermarket and was making his way home when the nightmare developed.
When Barbados TODAY visited his Pine, St Michael home this evening, Grazette, who had been discharged from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in the wee hours of this morning, recalled the life-threatening ordeal.
“I was going down Barbarees Hill and all of a sudden a car came down the road and swung at me. So I pull off the man and he pulled at me again and it was then that I was hit under the bonnet,” the frightened victim said.
“He didn’t stop. He was driving away. While he was driving he started to go slow, so I took my hand and broke the windscreen and then he stopped, slide me off and I hit my head onto the ground and he went ’long. I told myself ‘he is trying to kill me’ because how you could know that you struck somebody and still be carrying along the vehicle?” he asked.
Grazette said fortunately a number of people in the area quickly ran to his aid, as he was bleeding profusely after suffering injuries to his head and both hands.
“When he went along a fella with a taxi see me and called the ambulance and police because I was bleeding badly . . . .I lost a lot of blood, so I had to get stitches in my head. And I remember feeling very dizzy and the police and ambulance took me to the hospital. I had to take off my shirt and tie my head to stop the bleeding,” he said.
Grazette, a shoemaker who works with a friend in The City, said he attempted to ply his trade today but had to be taken home.
“I still went to work today but I felt drowsy and I had to be returned home. I couldn’t work at all. I just feel very weak.”
He told Barbados TODAY he was hoping the perpetrator would own up to the crime in order for him to receive a new bicycle and compensation for the injuries he sustained.
“I would like a new bicycle, that is the honest truth because he mashed up my bicycle and that is really how I use to get around. Without my bike I will have to stay put for a little bit. I just want my bicycle back because I would never catch bus or anything. Wherever I went I would take my bicycle.
“I would also like him to give me some money to help me in terms of my injuries because all of my hands cut up and stuff, but that is life.”
“Since I got the blast my head is partly gone, I can’t even remember certain things right now. I got a really good blow. I fell on my face and it really has me messed up,” he said.
Forty-five-year-old Ronald MacDonald Knight died in mid-April this year, just over a month after he was seriously injured in a hit and run accident.
Knight, of Exchange Hill, St Michael was walking along Bibby’s Lane in the same parish, when he was struck from behind by a van.
Police have yet to apprehend anyone in connection with that incident.