A 26-year-old bike courier originally from Alexandria is recuperating after what police tell him could have been an intentional hit-and-run in Minneapolis.  

Aaron Nelson was biking in Minneapolis sometime between 8 and 9 p.m. Saturday, April 29, when a vehicle struck him from behind, sending him 6 feet into the air before landing on his face.

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“Originally I was told I was heading west on Lake Street and someone ran a stop sign,” Nelson said. “But I talked to a police officer and it sounds like when I was between Lyndale (Avenue) and Aldrich (Avenue), there was a car behind me who was upset that I was in the road and honked at me then intentionally swerved to hit me.”

Since Nelson landed on his face, he split part of his forehead open, a gash that took 13 stitches to close. He also broke his thumb, cracked some teeth and has road rash. Doctors are also worried about some nerve damage since Nelson can’t lift his left eyebrow.

Doctors tell Nelson had he not been wearing a helmet, the situation could have been a lot worse.

“We haven’t found the helmet yet, but the doctors said with the way my head is bruised and the reports of the car going 30 to 40 miles per hour, it would have been a lot worse if I wasn’t wearing a helmet,” he said.

Nelson returned to Alexandria on Sunday,  April 30, and spent a few day recovering at his mother’s home before heading back to Minneapolis on Thursday, May 4.

The area where Nelson was hit by the vehicle has many restaurants and gas stations, and the hope is one of them might have caught the incident on camera.

Nelson says the idea that this could have been done on purpose is unsettling.

“I almost would have been happier if it was someone who was drunk and just didn’t know they hit somebody,” he said. “I’ve had people yell at me or chase me down, since I’m biking for work all the time. To think someone would actually do that (on purpose) is upsetting.”

A GoFundMe has been set up to help with medical costs and a replacement bike, and can be accessed at www.gofundme.com/aaron-leaky-brain.