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Bicyclist flown to hospital after being hit by truck

July 28, 2010 at 2:28 a.m.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Joe Schuler examines the damage to the rear wheel of the bicycle involved in a late afternoon accident on Farm-to-Market Road 236.  A 55-year-old man who sustained head injuries after he was struck by a vehicle while riding his bike on the shoulder of the road was transported to a Corpus Christi hospital.

A bicyclist was taken to the hospital by helicopter after being struck by a truck on Upper Mission Valley Road about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Tyler Krawictz, 19, of Victoria, was northbound when the right front of the Dodge Ram truck he was driving struck a northbound bicyclist just past the Speedy Stop on Weber Road, Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Joe Schuler said.

The bicyclist, Ricardo John Partida, 55, of Victoria, was thrown about 10 feet from the road and landed on a drainage ditch.

Partida's backpack and a yellow raincoat lay around his bike, the back tire of which was warped.

He sustained head injuries, Victoria Fire Department Battalion Chief Shannon Martin said.

At 5:55 p.m., the helicopter landed on the highway, blocking both lanes of traffic until it departed 30 minutes later.

Partida was taken to Christus Spohn Memorial Hospital in Corpus Christi, where a hospital spokesperson declined to release his condition.

Krawictz said he was in the middle of the lane following another car, which swerved at the last minute to miss the bicyclist.

Krawictz said he didn't have time to respond.

"I feel real bad about it, but I don't know why he was on the highway," he said, while sitting with his father.

Eric Baker, 22, of Yoakum was in a vehicle behind Krawictz and saw the wreck happen, though he said Krawictz was driving on the shoulder.

Because of the conflicting reports, Schuler said he will wait until the investigation is complete before deciding whether to write a citation.



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