1. Skip to content
  2. Skip to main menu
  3. Skip to more DW sites
Don't diet... you may just need that weight to face down a light vehicleImage: dpa Zentralbild

For Bulky Bicyclist, Fatter Was Better

DW staff (jen)
June 13, 2006

Where does a 440-pound man fall off his bike? Anywhere he wants to, apparently.


In an unusual twist on the eternal struggle between man and machine, a very fat German man sustained only light injuries after he fell off his bicycle and was run over by a car.

His extra padding helped keep him safe, police said.

Volkswagen Polo
Volkswagen Polo: The car that could be stoppedImage: VW

The 30 year old victim -- who weighs 440 pounds (200 kilograms) -- got away with minor injuries after he braked suddenly, fell off his bike and was subsequently mowed down by a passing Volkswagen Polo.

Or, make that "bumped into" by a Polo. The stout cyclist dislocated his hip in the fall, but otherwise suffered only scratches and a bloody nose from the underside of the vehicle, police said.

"(His bulk) certainly helped him in this case," Sven-Marco Claus, a spokesman for police in the western town of Gifhorn told Reuters news service.

"Someone smaller would probably not have been so lucky."

Skip next section Explore more
Skip next section DW's Top Story

DW's Top Story

An apartment building on fire as a civilian and soldier run around in front of the burning building

Ukraine updates: Russia shells entire eastern frontline

Skip next section More stories from DW
Go to homepage