Police are looking for bottle thrower who left cyclist Luuk (22) seriously injured

The accident happened in May last year. For months Luuk has been able to do little more than sleep and play a simple game. “That’s it. I hardly go out. I am 22 years old and I imagined my life very differently. Now I am at home and I have to be helped with everything by Mum and Dad. I am lying in bed and cannot do anything else.”

Black for eyes

In a reconstruction video by the Limburg police, Luuk says that after studying all day, he felt like clearing his head.

He crossed the road in Montfort in Limburg. He had plenty of room to accelerate, leaned forward and hit his pedals. Something was thrown from a car. “That hit my head, just under my helmet,” says Luuk. It turned black before his eyes and he fell off his bicycle.

No help

The police think it is a bottle, because of the dull blow to his neck and the liquid that Luuk felt. “It is likely that he was hit by a bottle,” said a police spokesman.

A woman eventually found him in a front yard. She spoke to him and wanted to help him, but Luuk indicated that he would be able to do it himself. “Also because of the corona measures that were very strict at the time,” he says. “But also my own character and adrenaline that played, made that I absolutely did not want any help.”

Complaints got worse

A good friend of Luuk’s lived just down the street. He walked over there. But with that friend his complaints became more and more intense. “My head, neck and back started to get stiff.”

He thought he was moving his head, but his parents said he wasn’t. They filmed him. It wasn’t until he saw that his head didn’t move that he believed it.

Dialect

Luuk’s life hasn’t been the same since the accident. He had to give up his studies in civil engineering at the University of Aachen. Just after the accident, he could no longer calculate properly. “I counted with my fingers, like in primary school, and wrote down numbers to get to a hundred. That frustrates enormously.”

“At first I couldn’t get my words out. That’s why I speak dialect now, because a foreign language, even Dutch, is quite difficult for me. While I used to speak fluent Dutch, German and English.”

“Perpetrators may not be aware that someone has been seriously injured because of them,” police spokesman said in the video. The police are therefore looking for information about the dark-colored car from which the object was thrown.
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