Scottish cyclist struck on area highway before Christmas returns home

Scottish cyclist who was hit by a car in December in Central Texas during his attempt to bike across the world in 2019, flew home to Scotland Friday, more than a month after the accident. (Photo by Bill Gowdy/file)

AUSTIN, Texas (KWTX) Scottish cyclist who was hit by a car in December in Central Texas during his attempt to bike across the world in 2019, flew home to Scotland Friday, more than a month after the accident.

Josh Quigley was on his way from California, planning to bike to Florida when he was hit on a dark stretch of road on Dec. 21, 2019 in Coryell County.

He was thrown from his bicycle, suffering a fractured ankle, fractured heel bone, fractured pelvis, multiple fractured ribs, a pierced lung from the rib fracture, and a fractured skull.

He also had an issue with an artery and a tube was placed in his chest to stop his lung from collapsing.

He underwent ankle surgery at Scott & White Medical Center in Temple where he recovered during the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Quigley was then transferred to a neuro-rehabilitation center in Austin before he was permitted to fly to Scotland.

Although it will take Quigley a while to recover from his injuries, he says he still plans to get back on a bike and finish the around-the-world tour.

"I've ridden over 13 thousand miles, through 25 countries and on four continents and was close to my finish in Miami when this happened,” he said.

He had pedaled across the United Kingdom, Asia and Australia before coming to the US.

And he has another goal.

“I want to be the first Scottish person win the Tour de France, and in five years, I’m going to win it,” he said.

Quigley's journey is sponsored by the company Elixinol Europe, which said in a Facebook post Monday, "Despite this awful event, we are now even more inspired by his get up and go. Truly proud sponsors, because through the good and bad, Josh always #keepMoving."