WKYT anchor Sam Dick recovering from wreck, wants to compete in triathlon Sunday

WKYT anchor Sam Dick
WKYT anchor Sam Dick

WKYT news anchor Sam Dick has zipped down the same stretch of Chinoe Road he was bicycling Sunday afternoon hundreds of times, training for an upcoming triathlon.

"I know where every manhole cover is, I know where to watch for cars coming out, and I really try to be alert, because I'm really flying down that road," Dick said Monday afternoon.

He has never had a problem — until Sunday.

On what he described as "an easy 90-minute ride" on Sunday, a car pulled out in front of Dick — probably plenty of breaking distance for a typical cyclist, but not one traveling downhill at more than 30 mph.

Dick said he hit the brakes, was thrown over the bike and "face-planted into the asphalt.

"I was going too fast; I just was. And I'm really not blaming the driver," he said. "I was flying down that hill."

After a trip to the emergency room Sunday, Dick was recovering at home Monday with bruises and swelling to his face, soreness in his shoulders and a likely concussion.

Dick, 57, said he is still hoping to compete in the EagleMan Triathlon in Cambridge, Md., on Sunday, but he does not expect to be in WKYT's anchor chair again until early next week. (He was already scheduled to be off Thursday and Friday for the triathlon.)

"There's no way I can get on camera looking the way I look," Dick said. "It looks like someone took a baseball bat to the side of my face."

The anchor said he has been a triathlete for seven years. The EagleMan is a half-Ironman event that Dick said he was participating in to work his way up to a full Ironman event in Louisville in August.

Dick said a doctor's appointment on Wednesday will determine whether he is able to compete Sunday.

"I'm already putting my stuff on the couch, and my wife's shaking her head," Dick said. "Maybe I'm being stubborn or stupid ... but if I can get cleared by the doctor, I'd like to at least try it."

Noelle Dick said considering the circumstances, her husband's injuries could have been much worse. She joined him in crediting wearing his bike helmet with saving his life.

He also said he is thankful to all the people who stopped and helped him after the crash, including a woman who "sort of took charge and told me to stop moving," and Officer Bryan Jared, whom Dick remembered interviewing for his heroic efforts after the crash of Comair Flight 5191 in August 2006.

"Just a huge, huge thank-you to the people I don't know who stopped their cars on a busy road and helped me and stayed with me until the pros came, and a huge thank you to Officer Jared and the EMTs and ambulance," Dick said. "I have to report the news and read the news about accidents every newscast. To be on the other end of it and have people help you means a lot."