A MOTORCYCLIST believes he is lucky to be alive after needing 23 stitches to close a gaping wound to his neck caused by wire being tied across a suburban road.
Greg Burkett, 24, also believes those responsible for the telephone wire being tied tight across the road aimed to maim or kill because they had left it at neck height.
Mr Burkett spent several days in hospital after somehow staying on his registered road bike after collecting the wire at 60km/h while travelling along the semi-rural Mangrove Road at Narara on Sunday night.
‘‘Something just grabbed me around the neck and caused me to let go of the handlebars,’’ Mr Burkett said.
‘‘My head hit the back of the bike and I felt the wire wrapped around me.
‘‘Somehow I have stayed on the bike – everyone reckons if I fell off I would be dead.’’
Mr Burkett, the father of a 14-month-old boy, said he had recurring thoughts about the incident and had reported the incident to police.
He said the police suspected youths on school holidays but he was not so sure.
‘‘I seriously thought I was dead – it is something that is going to be with me for a while,’’ Mr Burkett said.
‘‘They have obviously done this to stop motorcycle riders and they could have taken my life.
‘‘They might even think it is some kind of sick joke but I am lucky to be there – I have a family.’’
The wire incident follows a similar trap near Aberdare in January when 16-year-old Mitchell Stockdale was thrown off his bike when he struck wire tied at neck height between two trees.
The dirt track incident prompted huge community debate about the use of unregistered trailbikes near housing estates.
But Sunday night’s incident was on a bitumen road open to everyone which targeted a motorcyclist who was licensed and registered.