74-year-old bicyclist injured in Allen hit-and-run

A 74-year-old man is in the hospital with broken bones after becoming the victim of a hit-and-run.

Curtis Martin was on a bike ride this week when he was suddenly sideswiped in Allen.

Allen police say around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Martin was riding with at least 10 others with the Plano Bike Association when the crash happened. It was about 12 miles into their 40-mile ride, eastbound on Bethany near the 75 overpass.

“This white Honda came around them, speeding, and was going into the lane and clipped Curtis,” said fellow rider Rudy Andrea. "Curtis fell down very hard. He was unconscious for six to 10 minutes. The driver slowed down and for whatever reason, took off."

All Martin says he remembers is waking up in an ambulance.

“What would I say to them?” said Martin. “‘Get your act together; share the road.’”

But for fellow riders, feelings toward the hit-and-run driver are much sharper.

“You hit somebody,” said Andrea. “Man up stop and take the responsibility. You've hurt somebody. You've injured somebody and you could've killed somebody."

No cameras caught the crime, and riders weren't able to get a license plate or an identifiable description of the driver.

For Martin, it’s not about anger toward this driver; he wants others on the road to hear his story and reach an understanding.

“Everybody should be responsible for their actions, even mind if I do something wrong, I expect to be called out on it,” he said.

While recovery could take months, Martin says he has it all mapped out.

“I think so, yeah,” he said. “Got to keep going. Hell, I'm 74 years old. I got to keep my health going."

Martin's group says whether there's bad conditions or not, drivers that pass cyclists should drive another 60 feet in front of them before returning to the lane.

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