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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Kirk Ratliff is lucky to be alive. He survived a motorcycle crash on October 30th. Ratliff was stopped at a red light on Broadway waiting to turn left on Hoffmeister Avenue early that morning. He was heading to work. According to St. Louis County Police, a car struck Ratliff from behind as the light turned green.

One week later the St. Clair County resident spoke with us about the crash and how he survived.

“I was dragged by the other car for about 20 feet,” said Ratliff. “I have a fractured hip socket and a fractured knee.”

Ratliff credits his full-face helmet for saving his life. He admits he prefers to ride without a helmet and doesn’t care for mandatory helmet laws.

“If I wouldn’t have been wearing it, I’d have been dead.”

Ratliff also wonders if the bend in Broadway leading up to Hoffmeister was a factor in the crash. We witnessed one car coming around that bend nearly striking a car pulling onto Broadway.

Ratliff hopes drivers will slow down and keep an eye out for motorcycles, even during colder weather.​