Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer and with the warm weather means more motorcycles will be on the roadways. 
 
Charlie Clottin sells hotdogs from his cart in Pittsford, but he has a cautionary tale for drivers to be on the lookout, and for bikers to pay extra close attention when on the road. 
 
It was April 15th, 2013, Clottin was riding his motorcycle and noticed a pickup truck driving very slow in the left lane on Interstate 490.
 
“So, I leaned the bike over to try and get around, cause the traffic on the right was clear. I went around. He stopped dead. The bike made it. My leg hit the steel bumper of the pick up truck. Snapped right in half.  
 
Clottin was rushed to Strong Memorial hospital and eight hours later was in surgery. Clottin feared he would lose his leg.
 
That wasn’t the case. His leg was saved and after rigorous rehabilitation, he’s able to live an active life.  But, other people with similar injuries from motorcycle crashes haven’t been so lucky.   
 
“Patients do come in and we have a very tough time saving their legs, and for some people we can’t save (their legs),” said Wakenda Tyler, M.D. She is Clottin’s orthopaedic surgeon.    
 
Three years later and Clottin is doing more than selling hotdogs, he’s back riding his motorcycle. His story is a lesson for bikers and drivers, how even a low speed crash can cause major damage.