UWM staff act as good Samaritans after bike accident

James “Groovy” Cocroft, an employee of the Military and Veterans Resource Center at UWM, recently reminded Katie Mosack that there are still good people in this world.

While riding her bike on Kenwood Avenue in late September, Mosack was struck by a vehicle near the parking garage of the UWM Student Union.

A man stands outside of the UWM Student Union.
When a bicyclist was struck by a car outside the UWM Student Union, James “Groovy” Cocroft and other UWM good Samaritans leaped into action. “You know, I just wanted to make sure she was all right,” Cocroft said. (UWM Photo/Elora Hennessey)

“I was just shocked,” said Mosack. “I think they were passing the parking structure and decided at the last minute to turn into it. They hit the front of my bike and I hit the ground.”

After witnessing the accident from his own vehicle, Cocroft quickly joined other Samaritans to assist Mosack.

“You know, I just wanted to make sure she was all right,” said Cocroft.

With several people helping her, Mosack began to realize the severity of what had just happened.

“I was a little rattled,” said Mosack. “I had a few bumps and bruises, but it felt really good to know that somebody wanted to help me after I was hit.”

Cocroft quickly called emergency services while others assisted Mosack. She said that someone moved her bike while others sat with her until emergency services arrived.

“It meant a lot to me that rather than stand by and watch what happened, they jumped into action to help a complete stranger.”

Mosack has mostly recovered from her injuries and has started to ride her bike around the area again.

“It’s just a beautiful place to ride,” said Mosack.

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