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Family desperate for answers in cycling incident, victim still hospitalized

Posted at 10:20 PM, Aug 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-26 23:20:50-04

TULSA -- A man is still recovering in St. Francis Hospital four weeks after an incident on his bicycle.

Avid cyclist Neil Erickson was riding his bike on 111th Street and 33rd West Avenue in Sapulpa. He was found unconscious lying in the road by a passing driver and taken to the hospital. 

Four weeks later and neither Neil, his family nor the police know how he ended up on the street. 

Neil's wife, Cindy, said they believe he was struck by a passing driver who fled the scene. 

OHP is investigating the incident. Trooper Dwight Durant said they had four troopers work the accident and look at the evidence. He said they found no signs of a collision with a car on his bike, helmet and clothing. The accident is listed as "undetermined." 

Still after hearing the results of OHP's investigation, the family believes Neil was hit by a car.

Neil said his body is the evidence to prove he was struck by a car. 

Cindy said numerous doctors have told their family that his injuries are not consistent with a single bike crash. 

Erickson suffered a concussion, a cut to his head, multiple broken bones in his shoulder area, a dislocated arm, all of the ribs on the right side of his body are broken, four pelvic fractures and injuries to his lungs. 

Cindy hopes anyone with information will come forward. 

"I'm not looking for closure, just responsibility," Cindy said. "I've been a teacher for 35 years and I teach kids to be responsible for their own actions and to own up to what they do. Adults need to set a good example and do that too."

The Erickson family is hopeful that Neil will make a full recovery. 

Anyone with information is asked to call OHP. 

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