Man survives 30 foot fall from overpass


by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and photojournalist DENNIS THOMAS

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Posted on May 3, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Updated Friday, May 3 at 10:47 PM

AUSTIN – A single-vehicle accident involving a motorcyclist on March 26th, 2012 was dubbed by some as the “Miracle on MoPac.”

A year later, Phil Ajjarapu is focusing less on the day he could have died and more on his brand new album for which he’s getting funding on Kickstarter.

“I wasn't doing anything crazy. I wasn't going fast you know. I just must have hit a slick patch or something, that must have been what happened,” said Ajjarapu. 

The choir instructor at Anderson High School for seven years flew over his handlebars on the Braker overpass. 

He landed 30 feet to the surface of northbound MoPac resulting in a fractured skull, and that’s not all. 

“I broke both ankles, my right heel, my right calcareous, my right tibia plateau fractured. I shredded my left knee entirely,” Ajjarapu said.

The choir instructor says he remembers nothing about the fall. He only remembers waking up five days later in the hospital. 

“I miss riding for sure but I'm scared to get on one again. I'm scared to get on a regular bicycle again,” he said. 

Ajjarapu had to sell his motorcycle to pay for the ambulance ride to the hospital. 

Click here to check out his Kickstarter page.