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Oregon cyclist recalls crash that left him an amputee

Alistair Corkett, 22, lost his leg in a bike crash Sunday when a truck turned in front of him.KGW.com

Alistair Corkett, 22, lost his leg in a bike crash Sunday when a truck turned in front of him.

Corkett has been using a wheelchair to get around until he recovers enough to use a prosthetic limb.KGW.com

Corkett has been using a wheelchair to get around until he recovers enough to use a prosthetic limb.

Corkett was cut off by a driver Sunday in Portland, Ore.KGW.com

Corkett was cut off by a driver Sunday in Portland, Ore.

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A resilient Oregon cyclist vows to be back on two wheels in just months after losing his right leg this week in a Portland crash.

Alistair Corkett was biking Sunday at the intersection of 26th and Southeast Powell Blvd. when a truck turned in front of him, hurtling him to the cement and leaving him looking for his limb.

Someone smartly applied a tourniquet, likely saving his life.

“I looked over and saw my leg on the sidewalk, which is kind of traumatizing to say the least,” Corkett told The Oregonian. “I remember him grabbing my phone out of my jersey pocket, calling my mother and, you know, telling everyone it was about as bad as it could get.”

The avid cyclist spends months training for races each year and works at a bike shop, but faces an agonizing recovery and rehabilitation before he can get back in the saddle. He’s had at least two surgeries, but doctors believe the 22-year-old can be back riding by August.

There is work to do and it won’t be easy.

“When I get ready to ride my bike, I’ve got my helmet, I’ve got my sunglasses, shoes. Now I’ll just have to pick what leg to use as well,” Corkett told the newspaper. “I’ll deal with it as best I can.”

Corkett was studying History and planning to become a teacher, according to a Go Fund Me page that has already raised approximately $ 77,000 from friends and family for his medical care and to “put Alistair back on his bike.”

The man who hit him, 42-year-old Barry Scott Allen, has not spoken publicly, according to the Oregonian. He is not suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol and he has not been charged with a crime.

Friends and family have raised thousands for the injured cyclist.gofundme.com/u977qs

Friends and family have raised thousands for the injured cyclist.

On Thursday, Corkett got outside for the first time since the crash, wheeled out into the fresh air using a wheelchair.

He’s hoping he can use his experience as a way to bring the joy of bike riding to other amputees.

“If I can get one of them on a bike, I know it can make them as happy as it makes me,” he told the Oregonian.

A bike swap fundraiser is scheduled for Sunday, with all proceeds going to Alistair’s recovery fund. Rallies were also held in recent days in an attempt to bring awareness to the dangers cyclists face on city roadways.

“I’m pretty blown away,” he told the newspaper Thursday. “It means a lot and has gone a long way to making me feel as good as I do today.”

sgoldstein@nydailynews.com

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