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Bicyclist Dragged By Car In Moline Accident-Updated


UPDATE: Moline Police say the sole occupant and driver of the 2006 Ford Freestyle that struck the bicyclist was 83-year-old Chalmer J. Emmendorfer of East Moline.

The bicyclist, 22-year-old Devon M. Farrier of Moline, Ill., was transported to Illini Hospital and then Iowa City Hospitals.

Farrier's condition is unknown.

ORIGINAL: Moline police spent hours investigating a bike/car accident that shut down the Avenue of the Cities Monday, August 12, 2013. A 911 call came in around 11 a.m. Once officers arrived, they realized a bicyclist had been struck and dragged.

"It appeared the bicyclist had been dragged over 100 yards," said Captain Trevor Fisk with the Moline Police Department. Fisk said during the initial interview, the driver, a man in his 80s, didn't realize he had hit someone as he was turning out of the Aldi store parking lot.

Other drivers started honking their horns to alert the driver that the bicyclist was trapped under the moving car. Then, Michelle Martin says she ran out into the street to get the driver to stop.

"I seen a man coming with a bike underneath his car, so I ran out in the road and got the man to stop after he swerved to avoid me a few times," said Martin. She says the driver jumped out of the car, and then got back in to put the car in reverse to try to free the bicyclist.

Mary Kay Eckert didn't see the crash, but ran out to comfort the victim.

"Went out and talked to the young man and tried to keep him calm and he was in quite a bit of pain until an off-duty officer that came, took over. He was still conscious and talking and doing okay, the last time I saw him."

Police say the driver of the car was not injured, but taken to a hospital to be checked out as part of the investigation. The name of the 22-year old male bicyclist has not been released. He was taken to a local hospital and then transferred to Iowa City for treatment.

Police ask anyone who witnessed the accident to call the Moline Police Traffic Division at (309) 524-2211.