This footage shows the moment a distracted driver careers into a pedestrian, flipping him in the air and hurling him down the road, where he collapses in a heap – surviving with only minor injuries.
Edilson Santos dos Santos, 23, was flung two metres down the GO-156 road in the municipality of Itaberai in the west-central Brazilian state of Goias on the morning of Tuesday, 8th February.
The driver, whose identity was not divulged, reportedly lost control of his vehicle while travelling down the main road, which is also named Leopoldo de Bullhoes Avenue.
According to the Military Police (Brazil’s preventive police force), the driver may have lost control of his vehicle when he went to grab an object from the passenger seat.
According to the Civil Police (Brazil’s investigative police force), he handed himself in to the authorities and said he provided help to the victim, though this is not seen in the CCTV footage.
The driver was not arrested, but he has been charged with culpable bodily harm while driving a motor vehicle.
The victim, meanwhile, was conscious when he was rescued by the Fire Department, though he had minor injuries and bleeding on the head.
He was taken to the Governador Otavio Lage de Siqueira State Emergency Hospital in the Goias state capital Goiania, and he was discharged on the same day.
According to data from Brazil’s Federal Highway Police, there were an estimated 1.51 million road crashes in the period from 2009 to 2019, resulting in a total of 79,085 reported road deaths.
Driver distraction is listed as the primary cause of road crashes in Brazil, accounting for 38.5 percent of incidents.