The victim has been identified as Braden Tucker, 26. He was struck at Bartholomew Road and Auburn Center around 9:30 a.m. Volunteers at the water station along the route said Tucker broke away from the group he was riding with, and that is when he was struck
"He was eastbound on Bartholomew Road, the vehicle southbound, when he failed to stop for a stop sign at Auburn Road," said Sgt. Jim Smith with the Highway Patrol.
Tucker regained consciousness before he was flown to MetroHealth Medical Center, where he is in critical condition.
Troopers find it hard to believe that a driver wouldn't realize they hit someone. Cyclists are hoping the driver does the right thing. Friends told 19 Action News that Tucker is a student at Case Western Reserve where he is studying to be a doctor. Tucker and his wife are also expecting a child soon.
The Tucker family issued the following statement Saturday morning:
"We'd like to thank the Velosano volunteers at Aid Station 3 for their help during and after the accident, the MetroHealth staff for their care and the community for their support. We appreciate your prayers as Braden continues to recover and encourage anyone who knows information about the accident to contact police."
Investigators are urging the driver to come forward. They are also asking that anyone with information on the accident call the post at (440) 286-6612.
The Velosano Bike To Cure raises money for cancer research at the Cleveland Clinic. The Clinic released the following statement:
"At approximately 9:30 am today, a rider participating in the VeloSano "Bike To Cure" was injured in Auburn Township.
The rider was treated at the scene by Cleveland Clinic emergency services personnel, as well as local first responders, and transported to MetroHealth Medical Center.
For the safety of our riders, there are eleven medical stations along the planned routes staffed by a combination of Cleveland Clinic emergency medicine nurses, paramedics and physicians.
Our thoughts and support are with the rider and family."
Like 19 Action News on Facebook for the latest news, weather, sports and giveaways.