Brandon Wright with his father, Craig Andrus, at Intermountain Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Scott Sommerdorf/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

“I just wanted to thank all the heroes that put their lives on the line to save mine,” the 21-year-old said at a news conference held Thursday from a Salt Lake City hospital. “I’m forever in debt. I can’t thank them enough.”

Wright was hit by a BMW while riding his motorcycle on his way to Utah State University's campus Monday. He was thrown under the car, which caught fire when the motorcycle’s gas line was severed. In the face of great danger, about a dozen bystanders stepped in to lift the car and pull Wright to safety. The caught-on-camera heroism went viral.

“I should’ve died several times. I should’ve died when I hit the car. I should’ve died when I went under the car. I should’ve died when the car burst into flames,” he said. “But I didn’t, and that makes life that much more precious.

“I’m going to live every day like it’s my last, because it very well could be.”

Wright suffered fractures in his right leg and pelvis, scrapes and burns on his feet, according to the Associated Press. Despite the fact that he wasn’t wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, Wright didn’t sustain any head injuries. He plans to always wear a helmet in future.

As for the dozen or so strangers who risked their lives to save his, Wright thanked them for their bravery. Some of the rescuers who spoke said they did not want to be called heroes, but Wright said “they should get used to it.”

Watch Wright at the conference below.

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