Sterling Eyford, 34, suffered a broken jaw, broken teeth, cuts and a hyper-extended neck when his bicycle hit a piece of electrical tape strung across Kings Road in Victoria.
Eyford, who is a fill in co-host on CBC Radio’s morning show in Victoria, was riding his bicycle to work early last Friday when he was thrown to the pavement.
"I remember lying on the ground and I could feel my teeth not in the right position," said Eyford, who is still in hospital and can hardly speak because his jaw is wired shut.
"And I remember pushing myself up and looking behind me to find my bike, which was probably six or seven feet behind me."
Victoria police Cost. Mike Russell says investigators are trying to find out who strung the tape across the road.
"We don't know if this is targeting a cyclist or a prank for a car gone wrong, but certainly with the significant injuries that this fellow had, we definitely have to get to the bottom of it,” Russell said.
Eyford says he hopes the perpetrators understand the damage they have done.
"Pretty much as close as you can get to severing your neck without severing your spinal column, so I lucked out because I could be dead," he said.
His wife, Genni Crane, said Eyford’s injuries were so severe, she wasn’t sure he would make it.
"At first I thought of my kids at home. I've got an eight-month-old and a three-year-old and the fact that I might have been coming home to tell them there wasn’t Daddy anymore, that was pretty scary," she said.
While Eyford admits the experience has been frightening, he says there is a bright side to having his jaw wired shut.
"I was sitting on the road thinking, ‘Oh, I guess I am going to lose that weight I wanted to lose.”
Eyford says he’ll need time to recover and won’t be able to host the CBC morning show in Victoria for at least six weeks.