Watch: Motorcyclist crashes after 'taunting' deputies
CLEARWATER, Fla. (FOX 13) - Pinellas Deputies released video from a motorcyclist's helmet cam that shows a devastating impact on US 19.
They hope it serves as a warning to other bikers who have a need for speed.
"It is clear this 21-year-old motorcyclist was taunting the deputies," said Sgt. Spencer Gross of the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
The victim, Scott Colletti, was turning onto Winding Creek Road when the motorcycle, driven by Ryan DeCubellis, rammed into him. That was seconds after the video shows DeCubellis whipping through cars and revving his engine.
"This is when I heard it was coming," said Colletti.
The front of Colletti's car was sawed off, but he was OK after staying a night in the hospital.
DeCubellis, however, broke some bones but survived.
"I actually watched him go over my car, slow motion," said Colletti. "It is kind of making my palms start to sweat and get me very angry about that."
Colletti says police told him DeCubellis had been going more than 100 miles an hour.
"He almost killed me and he could have ended my life just for doing something that he did," said Colletti, who was a medic in New Jersey for 30 years. "Believe me, I have taken people in and out of cars, back of trucks, for not paying attention or doing what they're supposed to be doing."
Deputies and local police have been cracking down on reckless motorcyclists, especially on US 19 and the Courtney Campbell Causeway, doing several stings over the last few months.
A sting on Wednesday resulted in 31 speeding tickets. Seven of those drivers were going more than 30 miles per hour over the speed limit.
DeCubellis has pleaded guilty to reckless driving. Deputies also say he didn't have a motorcycle license.
Colletti considers his close call a certain miracle.
"I do armed security for the Calvary church," said Colletti. "Every time I leave the church, something is watching over me somehow."
FOX 13 reached DeCubellis, but he declined to comment.