MANITOWOC – “I still don’t believe it.”
Steven Gove, 56, says after running his Lakeshore Chronicle newspaper routes Saturday night, he wanted to warm up.
“I was on my way home to have some pea soup, actually,” said Gove in his Marshall St. apartment.
But those plans changed at Marshall and south 16th Street at about 8:30 p.m.
“Just tooling along (on my three-wheeled delivery bicycle) and next thing I know, I’m inside some fella’s car.”
“I went through the windshield like this,” he said, moving in a diving motion off his easy chair. “My entire torso was inside the car.”
He speaks lightly about the ordeal.
“Well, when I realized I was in his car, I said, ‘Hello! How do you do? I’m the guy you hit on the bicycle.’”
But Gove says the 20-year-old driver kept driving – with Gove still in the windshield.
“All I remember was the interior was black.”
Police say the driver blew a stop sign and hit a car at the intersection of Marshall and S. 14th before driving to his home a block away, locking the vehicle – with Gove still in the windshield.
“Then he saw me sitting in his car and he said, ‘Who are you?’ What are you doing in there?’ I said, ‘I’m the guy you hit on the bicycle. I went through your windshield!’”
“‘I’m going to jail,’ he was kind of freaking out.’”
“Were you freaking out?” FOX 11’s Bill Miston asked Gove.
“I calmly got out of his car, started walking down the street.”
Police say the driver went inside his house where he was later found with a severe cut on his hand. Both he and Gove – who miraculously had only a couple scratches – were treated and released from area hospitals.
A series of events Manitowoc police admit are strange. Usually, police say in a circumstance like this, the outcome is a lot worse.
“Walking away from the scene, he’s very fortunate,” said Capt. Larry Zimney.
As is the suspect, who Zimney says should have helped Gove.
“Whether he realized it or not, obviously, when he did realize it, he should have rendered aid to the person and helped him in any way possible.”
As for Gove?
“I don’t hold any grudges, it was an accident,” said Gove.
He says God was watching out for him.
“But I just don’t understand why he didn’t see me.”
Police believe alcohol was a factor.
Gove says he plans to pursue some legal action.
As for the suspect, he was arrested on suspicion of causing injuring while driving drunk, hit and run, and failure to render aid. He posted bail after spending the night in jail.