Appleton cycle shop owner struck by hit-and-run driver
The owner of an Appleton cycle shop is recovering after being struck on his bike by a hit-and-run driver.
While the driver got away, the cyclist did manage to shoot a picture of the car.
At Chain Reaction Cyclery in Appleton, Niki Worden says her husband, Scot, is lucky he wasn't seriously hurt after the bike he was riding Monday night encountered a very aggressive driver.
"There was a lady that pulled up beside him, just honking on the horn, so he turned around and looked back to see who was honking at him because he was riding in the gutter line off the side of the road, and as he turned around that's when she hit him," she said.
The incident happened around 4:45 Monday afternoon on Meade Street, just north of the intersection with E. Roosevelt Street.
Scot Worden was riding southbound on Meade Street when the front bumper of the car hit his back wheel, flipping the bike up. Worden landed on his back.
Luckily he was wearing a helmet.
Niki Worden added, "He was really shaken. It definitely cracked his helmet. He's got some pretty good bruising down his back and down his leg, but thankfully he's a pretty solid, muscular man. He was okay, which we are really grateful for."
The driver got away before the police could show up but not before a picture was taken, which Worden hopes will help identify the person responsible for the hit-and-run and who caused about $800 in damage to the bike.
She said, "The fact that she showed intent by honking at him before she hit him, it's absolutely inexcusable, and then not to make sure he's even okay."
Worden says the car in question, a Mazda 3, likely has some damage to the passenger side fog light from hitting Scot and to a rear quarter panel from a previous accident.
Anyone with information should contact police.