A man cycling 10,500 miles in a charity bike ride from Maryland to Florida was injured in a hit-and-run crash en route to Miami.
Jacob Landis, 24, suffered a severe concussion, broken nose, a small fracture on each cheekbone, a chipped front tooth, a swollen lip and cuts and bruises to his nose and face in the weekend crash.
He was treated at Florida Hospital Heartland in Sebring, where doctors recommended that he not ride his bike for at least two weeks.
“I don't remember anything that happened until I woke up at the hospital,” Landis said in a statement. “I just want to thank everyone for their kind words through my Facebook account, and special thanks to all of my supporters who made this ride possible."
Landis, who was completing Jacob's Ride, was born with normal hearing but was deaf by the age of 10. He decided to ride his bike across the U.S. to raise $1 million for children who need cochlear implant surgeries to help them hear but cannot afford it.
The ride began in April 3 in Annapolis, Md. and was expected to end in Miami on Sept. 24. Landis stopped at 29 Major League Baseball stadiums across the country. His last stop was scheduled to be at Marlins Park.
Although Landis was not able to ride the last 180 miles to complete his goal, he will be at his finale party in North Miami Tuesday.
He will also be at a finish line rally at Marlins Park and at the last game of Jacob’s Ride: Miami Marlins vs. Philadelphia Phillies at 7:10 p.m. The Marlins Foundation, Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital and University of Miami Miller School of Medicine are expected to come in support of Landis.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office opened an investigation that will look into the hit-and-run crash.
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