NORMAL — A Normal man was not wearing a helmet, but did have lights on the front and back of his bicycle and, as far as police know, was obeying all bicycle traffic rules when he was struck by a motorist late Wednesday afternoon.
The bicyclist, whose name has not been released by police, also was riding along a stretch of College Avenue that is marked with "sharrows" — marked lanes designed to be shared by bicyclists and vehicles, Normal Police Chief Rick Bleichner said Friday.
The man's condition has improved slightly since he was struck by the motorist, who is being sought by police, said Bleichner.
The 37-year-old man has been moved from intensive care at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center and remains in stable condition after suffering head injuries; he underwent surgery after the 4:30 p.m. accident, Bleichner said.
A passerby found the man on West College Avenue near Sheringham Drive and called police. Despite his injuries, the victim was able to tell police he had just left home. He was westbound on College at the time.
Police do not yet have a description of the vehicle that left the scene of the accident and are seeking the public's help to locate the driver.
Anyone with information is asked to call Normal police at 309-454-9535 or Crime Stoppers at 309-828-1111.
Bleichner said the investigation into the the accident is continuing.