This statement is just fear mongering. While any near collision situation is dangerous and no pilot wants, I am sure there have been near collisions between bicycles, cars, trucks and even pedestrians. The article does list some scary moments. The 25 near collisions is out of how many flights. 1000?, 10,000?, 100,000?.
Common sense (which has long been dead) and situational awareness need to be applied when flying a drone or walking along the road.