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Cyclist recovers after being hit by vehicle

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From his hospital bed at Brackenridge, 56-year-old Bobby Crouch talks about his injuries.

"I've got all kind of bruises that are yet to manifest themselves but the early ones are pretty bad." He fractured his spine, but he knows it could have been worse. "I feel lucky to be alive," he said.

Wednesday evening, Crouch, an avid cyclist, was riding his bike on Barton Creek Blvd. near Bee Cave Rd. when he was hit by a car.

"It was my worst nightmare come true," said Crouche's wife, Margo, who received a phone call after the accident. "I could hear him wailing in the background so I knew he was alive."

First responders say the driver was going at least 40 miles per hour, the posted speed limit in the area. Crouch tells FOX 7 he was riding in the bike lane.

"I've been riding a bike for 30 years. I'm very careful. I only ride on streets that have a wide shoulder or don't have any traffic."

Officers told Crouch the driver admitted to using a cell phone. While they don't know if he was texting, Crouch and his wife believe any cell phone use while driving is dangerous.

"My wife and I both don't want anyone using a cell phone in any way while driving. There's a lot of states in the country that don't let you use cell phones at all. It has to be a distraction," he said.

Margo added, "I'm on the shoulder walking and I see people all the time driving doing this, and it drives me crazy."

May is Bike Month in Austin. Austin Police have teamed up with cyclist groups to raise awareness of cycling safety. Its accidents like this one that they say are preventable by drivers and cyclists paying closer attention on the roads.

Crouch is grateful the driver stopped and admitted fault, but hopes this incident will cause others to be more responsible behind the wheel.

"He did stop and a lot of people stopped to help me. I was in bad shape."

Crouch is expected to make a full recovery. The driver has not been charged. The accident happened outside of Austin city limits where texting and driving is not illegal. The Travis County Sheriff's Office is still investigating.

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