XENIA, Ohio (AP) -- A southwest Ohio couple was recovering after the motorcycle they were riding was hit from behind by a State Highway Patrol trooper's vehicle.
The accident Saturday night on U.S. 35 near Xenia is under investigation. Authorities say the riders escaped serious injury because they were wearing helmets.
Corey Waldman told WDTN-TV in Dayton (http://bit.ly/14P4qJ9 ) that he asked another trooper to let the driver of the vehicle that hit them know that they have no hard feelings.
"I told him if you see him, tell him I forgive him because I don't want him to be hurting real bad," said Waldman, who is hospitalized with a broken foot and other injuries. "It's definitely some sort of accident."
His wife, Amy, also was treated at the hospital and was released Sunday.
Authorities have identified the trooper as Jacob Daymon, 30. He wasn't seriously injured, but authorities said he was visibly upset about the accident. In 2012, Daymon was named trooper of the year for the Highway Patrol's Xenia post.
Waldman said the couple were shocked to be slammed from behind while riding the '98 Harley Davidson.
"This is the scariest thing as close to death as you can have happen to you," he said.
"Whoever is riding motorcycles, wear your helmets," Amy Waldman said. "That's what saved us."
Information from: WDTN-TV, http://www.wdtn.com