Nick O’Leary, the starting tight end for Florida State University and grandson of golf legend Jack Nicklaus, survived a terrifying motorcycle crash last May, new video reveals.
On Tuesday, Florida State’s head football coach Jimbo Fisher revealed that O’Leary, 20, had, “wrecked that daggone scooter and was banged up for about a month.”
A 30-second video of the crash shows that O’Leary’s crash was more than just a wreck but a frightening collision that sent O’Leary and his motorcycle flying into the air and in the path of a bus.
The video, posted Wednesday by Tomahawknation.com, a website that follows Florida State football, was obtained from the surveillance camera of a Star Metro Bus stopped at a bus stop.
In the video, O’Leary can be seen driving down the road on his motorcycle when a Lexus sedan drives into his path. The impact sends O’Leary and his motorcycle flying, shattering at least part of the bus windshield.
A police report of the crash, obtained by Tomahawknation.com through a public records request, says that O’Leary was thrown from the motorcycle and slid nearly 100 feet. He was taken to an emergency room and treated for non-life threatening injuries.
In a meeting with reporters on Tuesday about the upcoming football season, coach Fisher called O’Leary a “knucklehead” for driving a scooter, the smaller type of motorcycles that athletes at major universities like Florida State often use to get around campus.
“Those scooters,” Fisher said. “But I understand why they have them. If I was them I’d have had one too. I’m not sitting there arguing that debate now.”
The police report faults the driver of the Lexus for causing the crash, writing that the driver, who was not identified, “had not established the right of way,” and “violated the right of way” of O’Leary.
Attempts to reach O’Leary and the Tallahassee Police Department today were not immediately successful.