Pictured - Ben Hobbs, 46, who was struck down by a recycling van when he was cycling to work one morning. See Ross Parry copy RPYHELMET. A cyclist who narrowly escaped death has released this shocking image of his mangled helmet that has been shared over 34 MILLION times. Experienced rider Ben Hobbs, 46, was struck down by a recycling van when he was cycling to work one morning. The large van smashed into the dad-of-two and knocked him from his bike before he suffered a broken spine, broken ribs, broken sternum and a head injury.