Deaf Cyclist on Charity Trek Hit Just Miles Short of Goal
Jacob Landis completed more than 10K miles
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2013 7:09 PM CDT
Jacob Landis says he will complete his trip when doctors allow him back on the bike.   (Facebook)

(Newser) – A deaf bicyclist who logged more than 10,000 miles for charity got hit by a truck on the last leg of his journey, reports NPR. Maryland's Jacob Landis, 24, suffered a concussion, a broken nose, and a fractured cheekbone in the hit-and-run incident. Landis got hit by the mirror of a tractor-trailer while biking from Tampa to Miami's Marlins Park—the last of 30 baseball parks he was visiting to raise $1 million for kids who need cochlear implants, reports WJLA.

"I don't remember anything that happened until I woke up at the hospital," Landis says on his website. The good news: Landis is still attending tonight's Marlins game, long intended to be his victory celebration. He has to stay off his bike for at least two weeks, but after that he will officially complete the ride. "I may not be on a bike but I will still be at the Miami game!" Landis wrote. "The reason for this ride is not over!"

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Sep 25, 2013 12:15 PM CDT
In Texas our brain dead Governor Rick Perry vetoed a law in 2009 that would require motorized vehicles to give 4 feet of space to bicycles. Most of the major cities have now passed laws requiring 3 feet and 6 feet for commercial vehicles. I've had some of those extended truck mirrors come pretty close to my head when cycling as well. The telling fact here is tat it was a hit and run. The driver didn't even have the compassion to stop and help the guy.
Sep 25, 2013 5:50 AM CDT
How about doing something safe for awareness. Why didn't he just jump off a cliff?
Sep 25, 2013 12:29 AM CDT
In my state, that would be a first class misdemeanor. After multiple bike deaths in the past five years, we passed a law stating a bike has use of the full lane from side to side. The rider is not required to move to give room for cars to pass. Cars must pass as if there is a car in that lane. Where this causes problems is on roads with miles of no-passing zones. Imagine having to drive mile after mile not being able to legally pass someone going 10mph. So its a work in progress but its a start. But it causes a lot of animosity and bikers are even more at risk as a result.