ANGUS McConnel was on his pushbike, riding down Memorial Drive towards the Cooks Hill Surf Club, when it happened.
He was hit by a turning car. The driver had not seen him.
The car was written off, and Mr McConnel was left with a C7 spinal cord injury, a broken collar bone, and a smashed cheek.
“The car came off second best, but I didn’t do all that well either,” he said.
“I’m still here, I suppose.”
That was seven years ago. The Merewether man, a father of three, was 41.
“Once I was stitched up and stable, the message was clear – ‘Don’t worry about anything from the neck down, you won’t be able to do anything with it’,” Mr McConnel, now 48, said.