MURRAY, Utah -- A motorcyclist pulled from beneath a burning car on Thursday described the people who saved him as “heroes” who renewed his faith in humanity.
At the suburban Salt Lake City hospital where he is recovering, Brandon Wright, 21, said the crash reinforced for him the fragility of life and the importance of living every moment to its fullest.
“I should’ve died several times. I should’ve died when I hit the car. I should’ve died when I went under the car. I should’ve died when the car burst into flames,” Wright said. “But I didn’t, and that makes life that much more precious ... I’m going to live every day like it’s my last, because it very well could be.”
Wright’s motorcycle burst into flames in the wreck on Monday, as did the BMW that struck him in Logan, Utah, a college town roughly 90 miles north of Salt Lake City. A group of about a dozen bystanders lifted the car off of him, and the drama was caught on video.
Wright said he was aware of the entire accident, from when he started to slide under the BMW to the moment people pulled him to safety. He vividly recalled the color of the shirt worn by a rescuer who was talking to him as “the scariest moment, when I didn’t know if I would live or be paralyzed.”
Although some of his rescuers have backed away from the hero label, Wright said they “should get used to it.” He has not spoken to any of the people who helped him.
“That car could have blown up at any time,” Wright said. “They’re very brave.”
Wright has multiple fractures in his right leg and pelvis, has burns on his feet and a “pretty gnarly road rash.” But despite not wearing a helmet, he didn’t suffer any head injuries and doctors said he will likely make a full recovery within a few months.
Once he recovers, Wright said he plans to buy a new motorcycle and “the most expensive helmet I can find.” Normally, he wears a helmet when riding but decided against it this time because he was just making a short trip to the campus of Utah State University, where he is a graphic design major.
“I ride that thing 95 percent of that time,” Wright said about the motorcycle that he has owned for more than two years. “I love it. I cried when I saw the mashed bike. It’s ridiculous, I know.”
A risk-taker before the crash, Wright said he hopes to continue doing things like skydiving—albeit within safe boundaries.
“I love the thrill, but I don’t have a death wish,” Wright said.
This summer, Wright spent two weeks in Tijuana, Mexico, building homes for people living in poverty. Now, he said, he plans to pursue more humanitarian work because of the perspective he learned from Tijuana and his crash.