NAPLES, Fla.- A bicyclist is in the hospital with serious injuries after a passing pick-up truck knocked him off his bike and to the ground. Chuck Kelly was riding with a cycling group Wednesday morning when it happened at the intersection of Crayton Road and Harbour Drive. Now Kelly's wife, Tish, and members of his team are trying to raise awareness about the importance of sharing the road.
"I still can't get the image out of my head," said Jim Sheane. He was with the group of bicycle riders behind Kelly when he was struck.
Tish Kelly was also riding but she was stopped at a light behind the group. She said, "sure enough that guy went full speed through the intersection on the wrong side of the road, on the southbound side, and hit my husband."
Naples police tell WINK News the driver hit Kelly with his mirror, which threw him from his bike. Kelly has four broken ribs, a slightly punctured lung, abrasions, and he suffered a concussion. It will be months before he can ride again.
"That could have been a woman crossing the road with a baby carriage, it happened to be a cyclist, that guy could have hit anybody," said Tish Kelly.
Police cited the driver for improper passing.
Tish Kelly said that's merely a slap on the hand, "I wish they'd through the book at these motorists more often, I mean they're driving a lethal weapon and we're just out having fun and getting exercise." She went on to say, "and they have to know they have to give us three feet, its the law and we have to drive that home."
The group of cyclists says there message is simple. "Be patient, slow down, there's no need for that," said Sheane.