MANITOWOC - "God is good. He had his hands on me
that day," said Steven Gove of Manitowoc, the newspaper carrier who
escaped serious injury after he was stuck in the windshield of a moving
vehicle that hit him Saturday night.
just happy to be alive," said Gove on Monday as he recalled the bizarre
hit-and-run crash at the intersection of Marshall and South 16th
streets. Police arrested a 20-year-old Manitowoc man who was allegedly
intoxicated when he hit Gove as he was riding his three-wheeled bike.
was wearing my blue overcoat with my neon reflective vest. I had my
front and rear flashers on. I have no idea why he didn't see me," said
Gove, who had visible scratches to his face from going through the
said he was returning home from delivering 275 Lakeshore Chronicles,
when the next thing he knew he was upside down in the car. "I was
conscious for the whole time," Gove said.
was in the car except for my knees and feet. I turned to him and said,
'Hello, I'm the guy you hit on the bicycle,'" he said. "I had no idea at
all why he wasn't acknowledging me."
driver continued east on Marshall Street, ran a stop sign at South 14th
Street, crashed into a vehicle and kept going, according to the
Manitowoc Police Department.
Gove, 56, said he was planning to see his lawyer about the accident.
starting to get nauseous and a little dizzy when I get up. I've had a
headache ever since I went through the windshield. The nausea and
dizziness just started today," he said.
He harbors no ill will against the driver, however, Gove said.
have no malice toward him," he said. "I hope he can get his life
straightened out. He's a young man. He deserves a second chance."
The driver finally noticed Gove after he stopped at his residence in the 1100 block of South 13th Street.
looked at me and said 'Who are you? What are you doing in the car?'"
Gove said. "He started freaking out: 'I'm going to jail, I'm going to
After the driver locked the car doors and went home, Gove was able to pull himself into the car.