Bicycle rider hit and dragged by pickup truck

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- A bicycle rider was seriously injured and taken to the hospital after being hit by a pickup truck and dragged.

It happened at about 8 a.m. Wednesday on Peoria Avenue near 35th Avenue.

A spokesman for the Phoenix Police Department said the injuries are not life threatening, but the victim has severe road rash and broken bones.

"The cyclist became lodged under the front suspension and was actually [dragged] for about a quarter of a mile," said Sgt. Tommy Thompson with the Phoenix Police Department.

Thompson said the driver of the pickup truck did not know he had been in a collision with the bicycle.

The person who was riding with the victim dropped his bike and along with other motorists alerted the pickup driver to stop.

Aerial video from the scene showed two bicycles down in the middle of the eastbound lanes of Peoria Avenue.

No citations have been issued, but police are investigating the incident.

According to Thompson, the driver of the pickup truck was making a right turn to go east on Peoria and apparently did not see the two bicyclists. As he was making that turn the bicycle riders decided to go across Peoria. That is when the truck and the bicycle collided.

"We're looking at it from the perspective that even though you're a bicyclist, you have to follow the rules when you're crossing the road," Thompson explained.

The person who was riding with the victim told 3TV that the victim is an 18-year-old man from New Mexico who was visiting Phoenix. However, police have conflicting reports on the person's age. He is either 17 or 18 years old.

That person said the two were riding home from a convenience store after putting air in a bicycle tire when the man was hit.

The victim was planning to take a bus home to New Mexico today. That return trip will likely be delayed now.