Motorcyclist Hit By Van on Dallas Highway, Motorcyclist Catches It on Video

There's a lot going on here, in only 45 seconds of video. Warning: this video isn't graphic (no blood), but it does show a motorcyclist getting hit by a car, from the motorcyclist's point of view. So there's that.

There’s a lot going on here, in only 45 seconds of video. Warning: this video isn’t graphic (no blood), but it does show a motorcyclist getting hit by a car, from the motorcyclist’s point of view. So there’s that.

Here’s what we know:

– Michael Crane was trying to exit the highway on his motorcycle

– he was hit by a van

– the van did not stop

Here’s what we don’t know:

– was it intentional?

There is an internal office debate right now about that last point. Crane, in the YouTube comments, believes it was:

Are you people out of your minds!!!! I was hit by a van intentionally. Ok ok let’s back up and go over every side of this… Say I wasn’t doing a wheelie the van would have hit me regardless… But since I was let’s go over that… If the car TRULEY didn’t see me and it was a legit accident why wouldn’t the van stop and make sure I was still alive…? Because it wasn’t a accident it was on purpose… To all the people saying they would do the same… Who are you to take the law into your own hands… What are you a modern day vigilante? Go dress up as batman and attempt to fly. One crime doesn’t justify for attempted manslaughter and fleeing the scene of a accident which are both felonies. Watch the video and pay close attention to the shadow of the van… he hit me on purpose left the scene and could have killed me but I got what I deserved??? I understood when posting this that a lot of keyboard badass would have something to say, but seriously wishing death on me for doing a wheelie… What your saying is you hope everyone gets ran off the road and die every time they run a red light speed don’t use a turn signal or break any kind of the law. I hope you find the stick up your asses and somehow manage to pull it out. Have a good day and happy hunting to kill all the disobeying citizens of the world.

The video was posted over the weekend. Watch for yourself:

Comments

  • Chris

    I will just agree with the rest of the “keyboard badasses”. What an idiot.

    • valormob

      Those guys have a stupid amount of time training and doing wheelies. You don’t hit someone intentionally because there ridiculously good at riding a unicycle. I’ve watched these guys for years… not one time has any other vehicle or person been injured or even close to injured. Your in a steel cage, these guys are hanging out at 30mph.

  • sooieeehog

    Batman didn’t fly.

    • Missinglink

      Brilliant observation, that’s the point.

  • BellyUpDallas

    I think you forgot some things:

    Here’s what we know:

    – Michael Crane was trying to exit the highway on his motorcycle

    – he was hit by a van

    – the van did not stop

    -MICHAEL CRANE WAS DRIVING RECKLESSLY AND PUTTING HIMSELF AND OTHERS AT DANGER ON THE ROAD AND THUS BREAKING THE LAW

    • bandito

      How is he putting others in danger? What’s going to happen if he falls? He is not going to put anyone in a car in danger

    • hibu

      Also..I am going to go out on a limb and say this guy probably doesn’t carry a class M on his license, and I would bet he doesn’t even have the bike insured. This video doesn’t show intent..the van driver might have feared for his/her life(we have all seen the mob mentality bikers have). Who knows? What we can see is an idiot biker wearing rad studded jeans, and a tshirt riding a wheelie on an exit ramp. I just don’t feel sorry for these guys. They drive like morons but as soon as something happens they pull out the victim card. Hopefully he is an organ donor, because I doubt this was the last time we see him doing a barrel roll at 70mph.

  • Bernardo Miranda

    Got what he deserved, pay attention and ride without show boating.

  • Scott

    Let’s see.

    Stunt riding is illegal in Dallas county and Dallas city limits. So our motorcyclist was breaking the law.

    Crossing the double white lines to merge is also illegal in Dallas county and Dallas city limits. It would appear that both drivers are at fault here.

    • bandito

      Still would be attempted murder.

  • Bradsky Leenov

    It appears that the van driver may have been focused on the other bike and lost track of the cyclist that was hit. However, intentional or not, it’s a hit-and-run.

  • Joe

    Both are at fault for the accident. Not sure how I would allocate fault without hearing the van driver’s side of the story, but probably something close to 50/50.

    It looked to me like the biker (I’ll call him “Too Dumb to Live”) moved to the right as though he were changing lanes. So Too Dumb to Live is driving erratically and making it difficult to know where he is going because he’s a tool who does wheelies on the highway.

    Van driver (I’ll call him “Remorseless Terrible Driver”), who was distracted by the other biker, changed lanes without signalling or looking, probably because he realized he was about to miss his exit. Then, knowing that he was a terrible driver, and remembering he lived his life without any concern for the consequences of his actions on other people, Remorseless Terrible Driver drove off leaving Too Dumb to Live potentially dying on the street.

    Too Dumb to Live, totally lacking the self-awareness to recognize that he is a tool who puts his own and other people’s safety in jeopardy just so he can document his toolishness on his GoPro for the world to see, posts a video confirming that he is in fact Too Dumb to Live. Too Dumb to Live is shocked at the backlash from people who, perhaps sympathetic to the fact that he was hit by a bad driver, are still more focused on the fact that Too Dumb to Live is a terrible human being who makes everyone’s lives worse for having come into contact with him.

    And Remorseless Terrible Driver probably just killed some 7-year-old in a school zone while texting about the biker he hit, and is now deciding whether it would be better to paint and sell the van in another state or to drive it into Whiterock Lake and hope it is never discovered.

    In short, two terrible human beings who were made for each other because of their complete indifference to the rest of humanity.

    • Anonymous

      We are gonna call so called keyboard badass ^^^
      (Loser with no life)
      What you don’t know is that the motorcyclist is one of the best people I know and would give the shirt off his back to anyone in need. To call someone you don’t know a douchebag without ever meeting him, would be completely rude and ignorant.
      So loser with no life go on and continue to make yourself look completely retarded on the basis that you have absolutely no clue as to who these people are or their lives outside of this video. Was he wrong for doing a wheelie yes but that still dosnt take away from the fact that somebody driving a van changed lanes into the side of him and drove off without remorse

  • Sin

    I wonder if the driver of the van was distracted by the other motorcycle doing tricks??? which is unsafe driving on his part.. very glad that Mr. Crane was not injured.

  • DallasMom

    I am with Anonymous on this one.

  • Ross Higier

    I guess if we see somebody speeding in their car we should shoot at the drivers window……

  • Ross Higier

    I guess if someone is speeding in their car we should shoot at the drivers window…

  • Greg

    It actually looks like to me the guy that got hit was crossing the middle line to go to the right lane and then veers back into the other lane and hits the van that was just trying to exit around him. Might not have even know kbow he clipped him if we was watching the other bike wheeling in the other lane…. I don’t have anything against bikes just guys that drive recklessly like this. I have found that people that drive mini vans are typically very nice people…

  • skeechi

    Idiot stick. That was God’s warning not to do highly dangerous and illegal antics on your bike. Be glad you survived

  • skeechi

    We do know however, that your friend is a first rate fool for driving like that, defend him as you will. The other guy is no better. I don’t care if they give away billions to charity and go to church 7 days a week.

  • DallasMom

    Correction: I am with Anonymous the keyboard badass not Anonymous the friend of Too Dumb to Live.

    Motorcycles and reckless driving are just another form of Darwin’s Theory working its way out in society.

  • Brandon Snook

    A friend of mine was driving his car one day, when a motorcyclist DIED hitting the car as my friend changed lanes in traffic. The motorcyclist was, unfortunately in his last seconds, a complete road asshole who was riding on the dotted white line to avoid sitting in traffic. Turns out that guy was, other than in those last seconds, a nice guy and a father of a 4 year-old girl. That doesn’t matter. My friend has to live with the fact that a person died hitting his car, but he feels no blame. Nor should he.

    This is different. The motorcyclist might have been driving recklessly, maybe even a road asshole, and had he lost control on his own or ran into a car and died, well, he would get a Darwin Award like the guy mentioned above. But he didn’t lose control on his own; someone else hit him, and it had to have been on purpose. Nobody, not even Craig Watkins, has the right to do that, and I don’t care if the motorcyclist is a nice guy or not. I hope he learned a lesson, and I hope the van driver is found and goes to jail.

  • Jonathan Lee

    ppl, van driver have no rights to hit and run. if it was proven intended on murdering the cyclist, the weapon was the van. van driver was clearly cut into the exist; swing into the bike.

    van driver could have call the cops, however. now, was the van driver on the phone? is the van driver from the US or one of those undocumented? I’ve got uninsured and undocumented motorists and ran into me 3 times. The latest one was a hit and run until he got stopped several blocks down.

  • Erik Rubach

    I posted the following directly to Michael Crane on his sister’s Facebook page.

    Intentional impact or no isn’t the issue, and hopefully Michael learned his lesson: riding a wheelie on a roadway with other traffic is just dumb, and your brother is lucky to be walking and talking to complain about his crash in D magazine with his video.

    I scraped up another motorcycle fatality just this week (I’ve lost count…the 30th or 40th in my career?) where the rider was doing something stupid while showing off, lost control, and hit the pavement tumbling multiple times (kinda like in this video?). When we dropped off another patient yesterday at the trauma center, I learned the family had just withdrawn life support earlier in the day. The only positive is the young man (who ironically had JUST started nursing school the week before) was an organ donor.

    Michael, I see you liked your sister’s post so I’ll write directly to you: We have to ride as though we are invisible to other drivers. At. All. Times. As riders we have to always be prepared to swerve to avoid another driver who isn’t paying attention. And there are so many distracted drivers on the roadways now I almost don’t want to ride any longer. There is no opportunity to react to avoid a collision (which I’ve had to do dozens of times) when only one wheel is on the pavement. Michael, it doesn’t matter whether the van was aiming at you or not…the only person responsible to keep you alive on your bike is you.

  • Bill Marvel

    ” …a stupid amount of time training ”
    Exactly, valormob.

  • Bill Marvel

    The comments, below, prove once again that we see what we want to see, not what’s in front of us.
    Those who approve of motorcycle assholery saw a deliberate hit by the van driver. Those who disapprove saw a lane-switching showboater tangle with a van driver who was just trying to get onto an exit ramp.
    The best remedy for this myopia is to pretend, for just a few moments, that the other side got it right.Now, what would that mean?

  • DDouche

    Michael Crane a) wears stupid looking blue jeans (no one bedazzles anymore, cowboy, and fleur de lis are out) and b) was operating a motorcycle in an unsafe manner. I’m glad he wasn’t killed but he has no right to put those around him at risk because he has a small peter and wants to show off his new go-pro and c) may be a great guy but he makes stooped choices.

  • Laroo2112

    As a motorcycle rider myself I cannot support the riding style Michael was demonstrating as he exited the highway. In fact when I see this I call 911 and give all the information to the authorities to do their best to try and stop this despicable showboating. I would love it if I could ride my bike without other motorists thinking I’m some sort of radical, renegade or badass looking so scare the hell out of them. It saddens me to see the lack of respect shown to others on the road by both driver and rider in this instance and so many times before. The van driver has committed multiple infractions (some of which they could they could serve jail time for) and is a coward for driving off. If you’re going to pick a fight be man enough to confront your foe face to face. I am tired of the lawless riding and equally tired of gutless, clueless, distracted and generally piss-poor people on the roads. Whether you are in a cage or on a rocket please drive responsibly. Michael I bet if you had your front wheel on the road and you could see behind you in your mirrors you’d been able to see it coming and avoid the collision. Just my thoughts I have had to see too many riding buddies in the hospital or on a slab over my 45+ years on two wheels and I’ve never had a wipeout away from the track or controlled exhibition. Keep the shiny side up and the rubber side down and show some respect.

  • Laroo2112

    As a motorcycle rider myself I cannot support the riding style Michael was demonstrating as he exited the highway. In fact when I see this I call 911 and give all the information to the authorities to do their best to try and stop this despicable showboating. I would love it if I could ride my bike without other motorists thinking I’m some sort of radical, renegade or badass looking so scare the hell out of them. It saddens me to see the lack of respect shown to others on the road by both driver and rider in this instance and so many times before. The van driver has committed multiple infractions (some of which they could they could serve jail time for) and is a coward for driving off. If you’re going to pick a fight be man enough to confront your foe face to face. I am tired of the lawless riding and equally tired of gutless, clueless, distracted and generally piss-poor people on the roads. Whether you are in a cage or on a rocket please drive responsibly. Michael I bet if you had your front wheel on the road and you could see behind you in your mirrors you’d been able to see it coming and avoid the collision. Just my thoughts I have had to see too many riding buddies in the hospital or on a slab over my 45+ years on two wheels and I’ve never had a wipeout away from the track or controlled exhibition. Keep the shiny side up and the rubber side down and show some respect.

  • Mike

    Who cares?

  • Joe

    Wheelies on public highways in traffic with a gopro strapped to your head and then posting it on youtube = douche bag. Plain and simple. No exceptions.

    And in case you didn’t notice, I didn’t defend the van driver. He is undoubtedly a terrible human being with no remorse. But I suspect his friends would tell you he would give the shirt of his back to anyone in need.

    But I do wonder, did it make you feel like a “keyboard badass” typing those words into your keyboard? I mean, there is no shame in that, I guess, because the internet was practically made for hypocrisy. But I wonder if you recognized your hypocrisy at the time, see it now, or are just blind to the world at large.

  • Mike

    I’m not sure how fast you can go while doing a wheelie, but i’m guessing it’s not as fast as a van exiting a highway and the hit occurred right at the beginning of the exit while the van was most likely still going at a pretty good clip. So i just don’t see how the van is at fault in any way (other than not stopping of course) because the motorcyclist was probably going too slow leaving the van no choice but to try to get around him or hit the brakes and most likely wreck or cause someone else to wreck.

  • Jason

    What took place before the video clip? How long were these idiots blocking multiple lanes on the freeway? He clearly showed no disregard for all other drivers on the freeway and now wants a little compassion from the same individuals? I don’t think so!

  • Dal Gal

    I saw a guy on a motorcycle on I35 weaving in and out closely behind cars as well as riding on the white dividing lines between cars. On top of that, he wasn’t wearing a helmet. I get the whole “look twice” thing but at some point it shouldn’t be a drivers fault if a motorcyclist is driving erratically and without proper protection.

  • Karl

    Didn’t watch the video because I’ve seen it so many times on the highway myself. These motorcyclists assume the risk of death whenever they are driving recklessly. If that’s the case here, I’m not overly concerned with the van driver. Worse case scenario – he meant to hit the cyclist, in which case, I’d say it’s analogous to entrapment. The van driver would never have been in that position but for the d-bag motorcyclist. There are too many of these blanks on the road.

  • Cady Smith

    If you can spell stupid.. you’re entitled to your opinion. Seeing how you can’t. Shut up.

  • bandito

    That’s your opinion on what makes some one a douche bag. Completely wrong. Just because someone does wheelies doesn’t make them a douche bag.

  • M. Parks

    I think Texas should adopt motorcycle laws like those of California, where Motorcyclist can legally lane split and move all the way to the front of stopped traffic, even at a red light. And we should have a special space for motorcycles at the red light up at the front to be able to pass all of the cars.

    I know lane splitting is no longer allowed on the highways in CA. but Texas needs to change certain road laws to keep douche bag drivers who want to get all pissy about some dude popping a wheelie and act all self righteous about it as if no non-motorcyling human being ever breaks a road law. People are morons on the road but I am basicallly sure all of us break traffic laws and we will probably all do it at some point today.

    All of our shit stinks, give the cyclist a ticket and put the van driver in jail on manslaughter chargers where he belongs.

  • DelkusSleeves

    If he falls, his motorcycle crashes, other cars may run over him or hit his bike, or swerve to miss his bike and wreck themselves, possibly hurting or killing themselves all because he felt the need to “look cool” on his bike

  • Oak Cliff Townie

    So I wonder what the police and later on his insurance company had to say when they saw the video of him getting sideswiped by a van while doing a wheelie on the Exit ramp ?

    • DelkusSleeves

      not sure about the police, but I bet his insurance claim gets denied and his policy either cancelled or non renewed (that’s if he had insurance)

  • anon

    “the van driver might have feared for his/her life”

    You’re a moron.

  • anon

    Yes, god, in all his glory, busy smiting motorcyclists, rather than rapists and murders.

    This comment section is full of cancer.

  • z3rr0

    So much dumbassery in this video it’s unbelievable. Stunting on the freeway, wearing ear buds under the helmet, No jacket (fortunately he had a helmet), and the dummy in the van.

  • DJ Carl Katana

    I think both had parts to play in this accident, more the van than the bike rider. It is unlawful to ride a wheelie down the freeway. It is also unlawful to switch lanes unsafely specifically when there is another vehicle occupying the said lane and crossing over a solid white line. It is also unlawful to drive away from the scene of an accident, specifically when a party is injured. They were both breaking the law at the time of the accident, so It is a contributory accident. The insurance companies will have to determine the contribution of both parties. This very well could have been an act of road rage. Maybe the van driver was upset or in a hurry and the bikes were impeding progress or cut him off? The minute or two before the collision might provide a lot more details about the reason for the vans driving. This might have been retatiation for something that happened a mile before the accident. A good lawyer is going to ask this question. There is also something called chain of evidence. The video is not going to be allowed to start at the point it did in court. If the rider is already doing a wheelie, there is a great possibility that the rider is not going to turn his GoPro on in the middle of the trick. I would also like to ask, Were is the rest of the video?

  • DJ Carl Katana

    I also noticed on that Michael Crane (bike rider) did not have Insurance at the time of the accident and got the bike towed to the pound. SMH at both people.

  • DJ Carl Katana

    I just saw this video. Which has a few more seconds before the accident than the one shown above : https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded…. In analyzing the video. I can tell you his approximate speed at the start of the wheelie is very close to 49.38 MPH. How do I know this you ask? The State of Texas has a standard to how the lines are painted on the freeway. Each painted stripe on the left in 10 feet long followed by a gap that is 30 feet long. so from the start of one line to the start of another line in 10 feet + 30 feet = 40 feet. Using video analyzing software the time it took Michael Crane to travel 40 feet at the start of the video is .81 seconds. Speed = Distance/Time, 40/.81= 49.38 MPH. This is why cars and other vehicles are passing him and crossing over in front of him who are going the posted speed limit. They are going the “speed of traffic” and Michael Crane slowing down to perform his trick and is considered unsafe unless he has a valid emergency.

  • Shawn Schultz

    As a motorcycle driver myself, I know the roads can be an adventure every time we ride our bikes BUT you along with all the other moron crotch rocket riders around give us ALL a bad name as motorcycle riders for the lack of common sense most of the crotch rocket riders ride with. Doing wheelies on a bike is jr high school mess that little boys on bicycles do NOT law abiding riders. Do I ever wish harm on anyone no but if you and your other crotch rockets morons keep riding in the reckless manner y’all do, y’all might as well get use to eating more pavement…