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March 19, 2009

Bicycle rider hit by car still in hospital

From Staff Reports

A man was still in Hamilton Medical Center on Thursday after being hit by a car as he rode a bicycle into town Wednesday morning.

Travis “Red” Ridge, 46, was traveling north on South Dixie Highway into the direction of traffic around 7:26 a.m. when he was hit by a car traveling south. Ridge said someone told him the driver stopped after he was hit.

“A van passed me, but that car never got over for me,” he said from the hospital. “It wasn’t dark. I didn’t talk to (the driver). I was unconscious.”

Ridge said he was headed toward the Oakwood Cafe to have breakfast.

“My left side is numb, and I can’t turn my head,” he said.

He said doctors told him he might be able to leave the hospital on Thursday.

A Georgia State Patrol operator at the Dalton post said one of the troopers there worked the incident, but that a report was not ready.

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