Cyclist Who ‘Died Twice’ Thanks Emergency Responders Year After Hit and Run


(Greenville News) – Ben McCall’s blood pressure had dropped dangerously low, his helmet was bashed in, and more than 30 bones were broken.

Lying on a rural, two-lane section of Woodruff Road nearly 20 miles from the nearest emergency room, McCall’s chances for survival were low. The avid biker had been hit by a car after dropping his 12-year-old son off for soccer practice at the nearby MeSA soccer complex on Anderson Ridge Road. It was Oct. 15, 2018, and McCall would spend the next three months in the hospital.

But first he had to survive the next 20 minutes. His heart stopped twice.

“I’m a stubborn man,” McCall said.

On Sunday, McCall went back to where the collision happened just over a year ago and met up with the group of people who saved his life. He had questions about what happened that day. Gathering at the Clear Springs fire station, the first-responders, for their part, got a chance to marvel at the man standing before them. CONTINUE