A Harlan man escaped serious injury when police said he collided with a vehicle while on a bicycle Friday.
Kentucky State Police Trooper Kenny Sergent is investigating the collision. It was reported that Carl Moody, of Putney, struck Giovanni Perez, 23, of Harlan, while Perez was riding his bicycle to work.
Police said Moody was driving a Nissan Xtera and Perez was riding a Genesis V-2100 bicycle on U.S. 421 South at the intersection of New Market Road near Hardees. Perez said he was on his way to work at Sazon Mexican restaurant. After a translator was located, Perez asked to be transported to Harlan ARH Hospital by Juan “Angel” Rivera, because he couldn’t speak English and Rivera could translate for him.
According to witnesses, Tina Mefford and her son, Brandon Caldwell, both of Ages, they told Sergent they were traveling south on U.S. 421 when they observed the Nissan Xtera, driving north on U.S. 421 collide with Perez, who was riding a bicycle in the median and attempting to cross U.S. 421 at Hardees, “throwing him into the air.”
“It all happened in a split second,” said Mefford. “I did see the young man fly up into the air when he was struck. He was hit right in the middle of the intersection where you turn over to Hardees. Mr. Moody immediately stopped and offered assistance to the young man.”
Moody was not injured in the collision.
Sergent is in charge of the investigation. Also assisting on the scene was Harlan EMS, Harlan City Police and the Harlan Fire Department.
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