WATCH: Is skitching safe? Woman captures video of cyclist holding onto jeep
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Some call it skitching and it's described by many people as careless and dangerous.
A woman recorded a nearly 5-minute video that shows a cyclist latching on to the back of a car Tuesday evening in New Hanover County.
Not only did it happen on one of Wilmington's busiest thoroughfares, but it also happened shortly after our region saw heavy rainfall.
Tammy Craig said she could not understand why someone would want to put their life in danger as well as the lives of other drivers on the road.
Craig filmed the entire "ride" down Market Street in the Porters Neck/Ogden area with her dash cam. She said the cyclist "grabbed hold of a jeep at a stop light and hitched a ride on a bicycle going several miles up to 50 mph."
"It was so scary and my heart was beating," Craig recalled. "I had my phone and I was ready to dial 911 because honestly, he didn't have a helmet on and I thought if this guy wrecks it is going to be very ugly."
Craig also said it looked like the driver of the Jeep had no idea.
"I do not think the driver knew at all, she kind of yelled out her window at him and I could see her raising her hand at him," said Craig. "I could not hear what they were saying but it sounded unpleasant, then she pulled away as fast as she could."
The video shows the driver of the Jeep pulling over near the Bojangles on Market Street in Ogden. The cyclist lets go of the car and the driver pulls away.
Moments later, Craig rolls down her passenger side window to speak to the cyclist.
"I can't believe you did that," she said. "Why did you do that?"
The cyclist said he needed to get somewhere by 7 p.m. Craig then offered a ride to the cyclist. He declined the invitation.
Craig said she was very upset because she understands how quickly and accident can turn tragic. Her cousin lost her mother in a crash in Pender County. Then more recently, that same cousin, lost her friend Lindsay Benton in a deadly crash.
"I thought he was being very foolish and risking his safety and everyone around it really upset me," said Craig. "We do not drive on the road alone, there are other people, children and families that can be destroyed in the blink of an eye. I have seen it happen. It is heartbreaking."
Law enforcement said they don't see skitching often in our area, but there are some serious consequences associated with it if you are caught.
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