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Blood bikes, yikes.
Bicyclists work to identify hit-and-run driver who mowed down three cyclists
9Updated on July 31, 2017 at 12:36 PMPosted on July 31, 2017 at 11:43 AM
By Christine Vendel
About 50 bicyclists plan to converge tonight near the site of an intentional hit-and-run wreck that severely injured a 67-year-old cyclist and knocked down two others.
The event at 7 p.m. in Lebanon County is intended to help identify the driver who reportedly mowed down the cyclists and raise awareness that bike riders and vehicle drivers need to respect each other's right to be on the road.
The driver who plowed into the cyclists without warning remains on the loose after the July 22 wreck.
Supporters plan to erect three red bikes at the scene to represent the injured cyclists along with a sign reminding motorists that state law requires them to maintain a distance of four feet. Three of the four bicyclists involved will attend the dedication and address the crowd.
The red-bike dedication will represent the first in the area.
The idea grew from an annual event where Ross Willard, of the nonprofit Recycle Bicycle, sets up white "ghost bikes" on the Capitol steps on the third Wednesday in May to represent bicyclists who were killed the year before.
Similarly, the red bikes posted at Upper Lawn and Colebrook roads will serve as a reminder for vehicles to share the road with cyclists, Willard said. He obtained permission from the property owner to erect the painted bikes.
The Chocolate Tour cycling event on Aug. 5 will pass through the exact same area of the wreck, which is another reason organizers said they wanted to bring more attention to the hit-and-run driver who remains on the loose.
The hit-and-run wreck occurred on a quiet country road about 11 a.m. July 22 in the 8000 block of Colebrook Road. The cyclists and a witness told police that the driver of a light-1990s model Dodge Durango purposefully served toward the single-file line of bicyclists--twice--plowing the second cyclist in the group into the asphalt, shattering his hip and breaking his elbow.
That cyclist, Thomas Bay, endured a 10-hour surgery last week to insert metal plates and screws into his pelvis and elbow. Bay began his long, painful road to recovery this week with a move to a rehabilitation hospital.
"He cannot move the left side of body," his wife Susan told PennLive. "He's not paralyzed, but he has to keep his left arm and leg very still and cannot do any weight bearing activity."
The injuries have kept Bay, an athlete all his life, bed-ridden for eight days. He started his first session of physical therapy Monday July 31.
"We're taking it one day at a time," Susan Bay said. "I wish they would find the driver who did it, but right now our focus is on Tom and healing him."
The wreck outraged bicyclists in the region who often have to deal with road-rage and near-misses regularly as they try to enjoy their hobby and stay in shape.
The cyclists wanted to do something to support Bay and his three friends and create opportunities for discussion about how vehicles and bicycles can peacefully coexist on the roads. That's when Bicycle South Central Pennsylvania planned the red bike dedication, said Marilyn Chastek, past president of the Harrisburg Bicycle Club.
"This is a big concern for those of us who are on the roads," she said.
While some bicyclists don't follow the rules, which gives other cyclists a bad name, Chastek said, drivers need to know that state law requires them to maintain a distance of four feet when passing cyclists.
Most drivers, however, are respectful, she noted. It's just a small percentage of the driving population that act out in ways that pose potential dangers to cyclists.
South Londonderry Police have received dozens of tips in their investigation into the hit-and-run wreck.
Police Chief William Reigle called the case the department's "highest priorty right now." Anyone with information should call police at (717) 838-1376
"Ideally, the driver will contact us and explain what happened," Reigle said. " It's going to be a lot better for them in the long run."