Bill Dube, designer and builder of the KillaCycle was giving an interview and demonstration at the Wired NextFest by the LA Convention Center. After the interview, in which Dube did mention he was not the usual rider, he rolled the bike into what looked like a little bit of water on the sidewalk and began a burnout.
The KillaCycle, it should be remembered, is an 8 second dragbike. The bike rolled forward slightly out of the water as he was doing the burnout, the slick hooked up on the concrete and Dube took about a one or two second ride into the right front fender of a minivan. Although you cannot see clearly in the video, he flew over the front of the van onto his back on the asphalt. He was wearing no safety gear at all, just street clothes, no helmet.
Dube is certainly fully aware of what the bike is capable of but the promise of media exposure can sometimes lead to taking a few shortcuts. Unfortunately, the media exposure from this mishap will not be exactly what he wanted.
Fortunately, he was conscious and talking and moving everything after the accident though he continued to lie on the ground until paramedics arrived and took him to the hospital for X-Rays. It could have turned out much worse.
Link: video at TG Daily