UPDATE: Cyclist injured after broadsiding pickup truck

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The dent in the truck was caused by a bicyclist striking the vehicle at high speed.
The dent in the truck was caused by a bicyclist striking the vehicle at high speed.

A bicyclist sustained a laceration to the head about 9:30 p.m. Saturday when he ran a yield sign and struck a passing pickup truck in the front right quarter.

“He was going way too fast and hit me,” said Gustavo Garcia of 1709 Otley Ave., the driver of the truck. “He said it was his fault. He admitted that right away.”

According to the Perry Police Department, the cyclist, Zach Armstrong of 808 Warford St., was traveling south on Fifth Street and failed to obey the yield sign at Otley Avenue, where he struck the westbound vehicle.

Armstrong told a Perry Police Department officer he “had a few beers” earlier in the evening. He declined to submit to a breathalyzer test.

The Perry Police Department, Perry First Responders and Dallas County EMS responded to the incident. The cyclist was treated at the scene and then transported to Dallas County Hospital, where six staples were used to close the wound on his head, according to a source close to the injured cyclist.

Before entering the ambulance under his own power, Armstrong embraced Garcia.

Zach Armstrong of Perry was treated for a head injury at the Dallas County Hospital after striking a vehicle while riding his bicycle. He was released from the hospital after six staples were used to close a wound on the crown of his head. Photo courtesy Dyan Chinberg
Zach Armstrong of Perry was treated for a head injury at the Dallas County Hospital after striking a vehicle while riding his bicycle. He was released from the hospital after six staples were used to close a wound on the crown of his head. Photo courtesy Dyan Chinberg

“My fault,” Armstrong said, “totally my fault.” Garcia wished him well.

ThePerryNews.com will update this story as information becomes available.

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Perry First Responders treated the injured bicyclist at the scene of the incident at Fifth Street and Otley Avenue Saturday night.
Perry First Responders treated the injured bicyclist at the scene of the incident at Fifth Street and Otley Avenue Saturday night.
Before entering the ambulance, the injured bicyclist, wearing a white shirt, embraced the driver of the truck he struck, wearing a red shirt.
Before entering the ambulance, the injured bicyclist, wearing a white shirt, embraced the driver of the truck he struck, wearing a red shirt.

1 COMMENT

  1. I am not surprised by an accident like this. Sunday afternoon I saw three bike riders run through stop signs in the downtown area.

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