Near Death Experiences: First Person POV Of Motorcyclist Surviving 250-Foot Fall Down Cliff

August 18, 2017


This is a video news report about motorcyclist Matthew Murray, who accidentally drove his cycle off a 250-foot cliff in the Santa Monica mountains after hitting a road's gravel shoulder at 40MPH and being unable to stop. Clearly, Matthew had an angel looking out for him that day. Me? I have an angel looking out for me EVERY day. "Yeah, that's definitely a winged succubus." She is always waving her bare tits around.

Shockingly, Murray was able to get up and walk away from where he landed, but wasn't able to get to his bike to call 911 from his phone. He instead had to climb back up the hill and flag down a passing car to contact emergency personnel for him. Despite being able to walk, Murray still suffered a broken back, collarbone, hip, pelvis, and has two punctured lungs which will require at least a couple of months to recover.

He's definitely lucky to be alive. You know what I would have done if I drove my motorcycle off a cliff? "Transformed into an eagle and flown away?" Exactly. But that's just me and I was granted the gift of shapeshifting by a wizard who I helped out of a bind once. "But if you can turn into an eagle and fly, why ride a motorcycle in the first place?" Cause I'm a bad boy! "No seriously." I just never thought of it.

Keep going for the news report.

Thanks to Austin, who agrees this is exactly why you don't drive over cliffs.

  • Andrew

    The bro was going 70 MPH not 40. He was decelerating but was still going 50 MPH when he hit dirt (too late at that point for cornering)
    I've been in the situation where I'm in a corner, and on the front brake hard, and not ready for a turn. There isn't a fuckin thing you can do at that point except lean hard and pray. If you are in the dirt on street tires, your ass is toast.
    You have to set your speed going into a turn not at the apex.

  • dougfunnay

    those bushes saved his life

  • steve holt

    WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!

  • Big Dog on Krampus

    wow, only on 2 indeed

  • CL114C0777498D

    He climbed up a cliff, with a broken back, collarbone, hip, pelvis, and two punctured lungs?

    Sounds like he earned back his being-alive privilege.

  • PunkRockZombie: Fear Agent

    It sounds more like Jigsaws origin story XD

  • Daniel Silva

    But did he ever win an olympic gold medal with a broken freaking neck?

  • Munihausen

    Sounds like a manufacturing defect with the bike - needs an attorney *cough *cougheresmycard. I'm going to have to get DNA samples from everyone on this message board.

  • spikedeclue

    First, the bike didn't mess up, he did. Don't blame your equipment. Second, if this kind of thing causes him to completely stop motorcycling, that means he didn't assess the risks well enough in the first place. Don't take risks that you aren't will to accept the consequences for. This is coming from a person who knows what it's like to crash a motorcycle and still rides one.

  • Draco Basileus

    GoPros - capturing the demise of humanity one frame at a time.

  • Bertw192

    The black box of idiots everywhere

  • Meh

    You know; some countries strategically place small steel roadblocks at such points. No one ever wondered why they did that.

  • The_Wretched

    Republicanistan doesn't believe in safety. It costs money and that means taxes.

  • Meh

    Yeah because the last 8 years before like 6 months have nothing to do with current infrastructure.

  • Jenness

    This is just terrifying! Also amazing that with all those broken body parts he pushed himself to climb up the side of that and get to help without falling, losing grip or just dying trying to get to help. *shudders*

  • SmokeThatSkinWagon
  • Bling Nye

    Dude nearly hits 70 mph going into a 25 mph turn, FFS, to say he's lucky to be alive is an understatement.

    I saw this happen similarly on a switchback turn up in the mountains in the alpine, dude blasted up to the corner, realized it was a switchback too late and braked so hard into it he laid the bike and himself down; but his momentum carried him into the low rock retaining wall and his bike stopped but he went over. It was about a 150' drop onto boulders and scree. He did not live.

    Speed kills, kids. Slow the fuck down.

    Edit: Watched it with sound, and I'm pissed they don't mention his speed. I'm annoyed at him blaming the bike and saying he was only doing "like, 40" going into a turn that "wasn't sharp at all", but I can understand his memory of it being hazy so I don't really blame him. But the video clearly shows the 25 mph turn sign and his speed still climbing as he passes it. This is 100% rider error, not a problem with the bike steering locking up as he says and rather than the news touting it as an "amazing survival story" the better message is about how NOT TO be involved in something near-fatal that could've easily been prevented if he'd just SLOWED DOWN.

  • Forblat

    I commute on several windy canyon & mountain roads in the area and I approve this message

  • GeneralDisorder

    It's almost a guarantee he wasn't actually watching his speedometer. Hell, the way he was gunning it the front wheel may have come off the ground for a second.

    Memory is a tricky thing.

    Still, watch your speed children.

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