Hit-and-Run Driver Leaves Syracuse Cyclist with Severe Head Injury

In this great weather, I have been out on my bike almost every day for the last week – averaging about 30 miles a day, too. Not bad for a lawyer with a booming New York personal injury law practice as well as a wife and two kids.

I know cycling can be dangerous, but I love it, and it keeps me fit. When I am out on the road, admiring the stunning Central New York and Finger Lakes countryside, I do have, from time to time, some “scares” – a car that passes a little too close, a dog that runs out at me and forces me out into the middle of the road, or just dumb stuff I do to myself – like hitting a deep pothole that throws me off a bit.

From my bicycle accident cases, I get an up-close view of how cyclists can get injured through no fault of their own. And this gives me food for thought when I am out on the road.

And then there is the newspaper. That can be scary to read if you are a cyclist. Every so often I read about the fate of a fellow cyclist who caught a bad break. Today I read in the Syracuse Post-Standard that a hit-and-run driver struck a bicyclist this afternoon in a part of Syracuse known as “Skunk City”, leaving him with a severe head injury and in critical condition (at Upstate).

As a fellow cyclist, I wish the victim a speedy recovery. And as a justice-hungry lawyer, I hope they catch the b___ who hit him and left him lying on the road like road kill. Judging from the paint the vehicle left on the bike, it appears to have been grey or silver, and it should have frontal damage. Police are asking that anyone with information call 442-5151 to report it.

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