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A helmet has saved the life of an electric scooter rider, who was crushed by a van in Sydney’s inner west, only to have it reverse back over his head just seconds later.
Horrific vision has emerged of the terrifying ordeal at Summer Hill, which shows the 36-year-old travelling at a high speed before losing control as he brakes, falling forward into the path of a moving van.
The driver, who didn’t see him, accidentally drove over the man and is then seen reversing back and crushing his head.
“Why the f*** did you reverse back?,” the rider was heard shouting at the driver, to which he replies “I didn’t see you”.
The rider miraculously escaped serious injuries and has since been released from hospital after suffering a wounded head and broken ribs.
Witness Reece Elliott told 7 News the rider is lucky to be alive, crediting the man’s helmet with helping him cheat death.
“I think it’s kind of pushed his head out of the way thankfully,” he said.
“He was bleeding a fair bit but he was still awake and conscious,” Elliott added.
While the crash is still under investigation, police have confirmed the rider is at fault and will likely be fined or could even face charges.
“He was lucky not to be killed or more seriously injured,” Burwood Police Acting Commander Andrew Graham told 7 News.
Electric scooters are illegal on public roads and footpaths in NSW.
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