Dan Walker talks about his out-of-body experience during a near-fatal bike accident, admits part of him ‘really thought’ he was dying

Dan Walker talks about his out-of-body experience during a near-fatal bike accident, admits part of him ‘really thought’ he was dying



Dan Walker has highlighted the ‘out of body experience’ he had after his near-fatal bike accident last year.

The 46-year-old broadcaster was hit by a car while riding his bike in Sheffield near his family home in February 2023.

The accident left him battered and bruised on his face, but fortunately he was lucky enough to avoid any serious injuries.

During the incident, Dan also had something very similar to an “out of body experience”, and said that although he “didn’t know” if it was a spiritual experience, part of him “really believed it was”.

“In my mind I was riding my bike down French Street, which is a tree-lined street, and I think I’ve been there before but not on a bike,” Dunn, a devout Christian, told The Times in a new interview.

Dan Walker has highlighted a potential ‘out of body experience’ following a near-fatal bike accident last year. Pictured: In the ambulance after the accident, which left him beaten, bruised and with blood on his face

Dan (pictured on Tuesday) revealed it took him several months to recover, as the nerve damage he suffered from the accident made it difficult to get out of his car.

“Then suddenly I was watching myself on the ground, watching the screen, and then on that screen I saw these two heads appear. Then I jumped back to myself and I was on the ground and these two faces were the ambulance workers.

Ultimately, he did not ask police to pursue charges, even though he felt at the time that “that was it.”

However, he still feels the impact of the accident on a daily basis and struggles to get out of his car due to nerve damage.

Although he did not break any bones, the car stopped only 50cm from his head, and he narrowly escaped long-term injuries.

Dan is the new host of Classic FM’s revamped breakfast show after joining the team in January.

The early start means he spends most of the week away from his wife Sarah and three children: Susannah, 16, Jessica, 14, and Joe, 13.

The former football TV presenter co-hosted BBC Breakfast for six years before moving to Channel 5 and appearing on Strictly Come Dancing in 2021, where he was paired with Nadja Bychkova.

Dan was photographed on his bike for the first time after the accident with a new helmet
The accident left him battered and bruised on his face, but fortunately, Dan was lucky enough to avoid suffering any serious injuries.

“I had a strange experience where I was watching myself on Earth and then eventually coming back into my body… it was like a reset moment for me,” Dan said.
Dan is the new presenter of Classic FM’s morning breakfast show, broadcasting from 6.30am

At the time of the bike accident, Dan told his fans about his crash through an Instagram post hours after the accident, noting that he was “happy to be alive.”

He then tweeted a selfie of his swollen and scarred face, accompanied by a blood-stained white T-shirt, saying he “didn’t remember anything”.

Walker said: “There was an accident this morning. I’m glad to be alive after being hit on my bike by a car. The face is a mess but I don’t think there’s anything broken.

‘Amazing with all the beautiful messages. Thank you. Just got home from the hospital. I was battered and bruised but – amazingly – nothing was broken. Very grateful to be here. I have no memory of anything and just remember coming onto the tarmac with the paramedics and police around me.

‘Thanks to Sean and Jamie for arranging me and the lovely brass at the scene. This is my smiling thank you to the NHS (sic).’

Days after the accident, Dan admitted that wearing a cycling helmet may have saved his life and avoided irreversible injuries – something he now admits led to other cyclists describing him as a “disgrace”.

Throughout his recovery process, the English journalist thanked one of his supporters, his dog Winnie, who helped lift his spirits while recovering from the accident.

The TV presenter wrote on Twitter: “Winnie hasn’t left my side this week, she’s the best. Two things happened today… 1. I ate my first solid food 2. I ordered a new cycling helmet. Thank you for all the lovely messages asking how I’m doing.” The swelling is going down but the body is still in pain (sic).’

Days after the accident, Dan admitted that wearing a cycling helmet may have saved his life and avoided irreversible injuries – but says cyclists called him a “disgrace” for saying so.

Painful: An injury to the broadcaster’s hand following the frightening accident

“The driver stopped 50cm from my head,” Dan recalls.

“I remember watching myself on the ground and looking at this little white hole in a black screen, and then the hole got bigger and bigger and the faces of two paramedics and a police officer became.

“Then you think about the things you left unsaid or the things you always wanted to do.”

What he actually did was call a family friend of Paul Ansell, the partner of Nicola Poli whose body had been discovered the day before, to make sure he was okay.

I don’t know why I did that. I asked him how the family was? Later that day he called me and said, “Why didn’t you tell me you were in the back of an ambulance with your face covered in blood?”

The TV presenter also revealed he has “no recollection” of the terrifying bike crash.

The former BBC presenter entered his home in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, after his wife Sarah received him from the emergency department at the local hospital this afternoon.

Walker hosted BBC Breakfast from 2016 and took part in the 2021 series of Strictly Come Dancing, revealing he signed up to the show to do something “fun” and have a “laugh” after reporting on difficult news stories during the pandemic.

Dan said he “smashed my watch and phone, ruined my pants” and that his bike was a “mess” after the accident

He also hosted Football Focus for 12 years, alongside regular appearances on Match of the Day, Grand National, Royal Ascot and the NFL Show.

In January he became the regular presenter of the weekday breakfast show on Classic FM from 6.30am to 10am.

He said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to join one of the biggest radio stations in the country.

“I’m thrilled to be part of Classic FM’s fantastic line-up and presenting the breakfast show is a fantastic opportunity.

“I’m passionate about classical music and I’m a long-time listener – I also love the breakfast crowd and I think they know me well so I can’t wait to get started.”

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