Tim Brown is surprisingly upbeat for a man whose foot, ribs, lung, arm and shoulder were snapped under the weight of a 12-tonne Wellington bus.
He has no memory of the incident in Willis St last month that saw him spend 20 days in Wellington Hospital - 12 of them in the intensive care unit.
"I remember leaving the office and that's it. The next thing I recall was waking up in hospital," he told The Dominion Post.
"I woke up and didn't really know what was going on. I remember my mother-in-law staring at me with a look of dismay on her face. I couldn't talk at that stage, so I just had to give her the thumbs up."
Based on what police and others have told Mr Brown, he says it was his fault.
"I looked left when I should have looked right."
The NZ Bus director and Infratil executive said he was fortunate the bus that hit him was only travelling about 20kmh.
"If it had been the old 50km speed limit, I'd probably be dead... I just fluked it basically."
The bystanders who responded quickly to the incident also helped save his life, he said.
"My wife showed me a picture of it in the paper and I could see a lot of people crowded around who had rushed to my assistance. A big thank you to those people."
Mr Brown spent his first full day recovering at home yesterday.
He said he was "not in that much pain" and hoped to be walking properly in a few weeks, before returning to work next month.
But there were still "a lot" of broken bones in his foot, ribs, arm and shoulder on the left side of his body that needed to heal first, as well as a punctured lung.
Mr Brown was hit near the Mercer St corner, just metres from where Venessa Green, 40, of Newtown, was fatally struck by a bus in Willis St last June while out jogging.
On Thursday, Wellington City Council issued a review into the safety of its revamped bus lanes, which largely blamed pedestrians for at least 13 incidents of people being hit since November 2010.
Mr Brown agreed with that assessment, saying he knew bus drivers were worried about people stepping out in front of them.
He had sent the bus driver who hit him a letter and hoped to speak to him soon.
"It must just be awful for that poor guy."
Mr Brown said he was a fan of the council's revamped bus lanes but questioned whether enough forethought was put into how the public would cope with roads switching to two-way traffic.
"It does look as if they're heading in the right direction though," he said in reference to the safety measures recommended in the review.
"My story isn't a tragic story. Venessa Green's is a tragic story, but people can learn from these things. We need to do that and move forward."
Mr Brown said Wellington Hospital staff had gone out of their way to make him comfortable, even allowing his sproodle, Maizy, to visit. "That really lifted my spirits."
But he would not be rushing out to buy a Lotto ticket.
"I don't see much point in it now. I think the fact I'm alive today means I've used up all my good luck."
Since the the Golden Mile bus lane changes were completed in 2010, there have been more than a dozen incidents involving buses colliding with pedestrians.
This maps shows where each incident happened, the gender of the pedestrian and further details are available by clicking on each person icon.
This map was current as of August 10, 2012.
View Pedestrian Accidents In Wellington in a larger map
- © Fairfax NZ News
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