Georgia State Patrol said a cyclist was struck by a car on Oct. 28, in Midway. According to an accident report obtained by the Courier, Jerome Nicholas Lancer, 60, of Savannah was heading east on Islands Highway on his Cannondale bicycle.
Charles Lawrence Snyder, 30, of Midway was traveling eastbound on Islands Highway as well in his Buick LaSabre. Snyder reported he was momentarily distracted as he attempted to reach for a stick to roll down his passenger window.
He reported he didn’t see Lancer and the bike at all. The front right bumper of Snyder’s car hit the back rear tire of the bike causing Lancer to be thrown against the Buick’s front windshield.
Snyder told Trooper John Snipe he thought he hit something on the road until he looked out his rearview mirror and saw Lancer waiving him down to stop.
Snyder was cited for DUI, following too closely, distracted driver and serious injury by vehicle. As of press time Snyder remained in Liberty County Jail and bond had not been set. According to the incident report Lancer had proper operational lights on his bicycle. Liberty EMS and Liberty County Sheriff deputies arrived to assist at the scene.
Lancer was injured, but the GSP report didn’t say where he was treated.