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Unidentified bicyclist struck by vehicle
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A man hit by a car while he rode a bicycle on South Chancery Street late Thursday night remains in critical condition -- and unidentified.
The man, who is said to be in his 20s, is still being referred to as John Doe as police have so far not determined his identity. He was airlifted to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga where he remains in critical condition.
According to the police report, officers were alerted to the bicyclist minutes before the accident when a motorist reported him weaving in the road and suggested he might be biking under the influence. When police arrived in the area they found the cyclist had been hit by a car.
“He was lying in front of a Cadillac Deville,” said policeman Justin Cobble. “He sustained extensive wounds to his skull and face.”
The victim was transported by ambulance to Warren County High School where he was airlifted to Erlanger. Police found no ID on his person.
The driver who hit the cyclist, Johnny A. Bottoms, 45, did not appear to be under the influence, police said, and submitted to a blood test just in case the accident should turn into a fatality. The wreck happened on South Chancery Street near the former Hickory Creek Wedding Chapel just after 11 p.m. Thursday.
Anyone having information on the identity of the cyclist is asked to contact police at 473-5377.