A bicycle rider was severely injured Friday evening when he ran into the back of a pickup, Athens-Clarke police said.
The Gainesville man was riding south on Lumpkin Street about 5 p.m. Friday when a truck made a left turn with a green light from Baxter Street to the northbound lane of Lumpkin, police said.
The driver saw the rider and tried to accelerate out of the way, while the rider tried to stop, but the bicycle collided with the truck's rear driver's side fender, according to police.
The rider suffered a head injury and a severe leg injury and still was in intensive care in St. Mary's Hospital on Saturday, Athens-Clarke police Sgt. Frank Smith said.
Police issued no citations in the collision, pending the outcome of an investigation.
We hope for a full & speedy recovery for this guy.
Wear a helmet out there, and ride defensively, especially on game weekends. I rode through downtown yesterday after the game- the traffic volume was ridiculous, and driver manners were somewhat...lacking.
There was also a pedestrian hit and run late Saturday night.