Jacob Landis was injured in a Miami, Florida hit-and-run crash while on the home stretch of an 11,000 charity bike ride from Maryland to South Florida, news sources report. Landis, 24, sustained injuries in the crash and could not complete the bike ride, sources say. Police are currently conducting an investigation; the hit-and-run driver does not appear to have been identified. It is unclear whether Landis will file for damages.
The monumental bike ride, which was dubbed Jacob’s Ride, was meant to raise money for cochlear implants for children, according to the Jacob’s Ride website. Landis himself suffered from a degenerative hearing disorder that left him practically deaf until he had cochlear implant surgery at the age of 10. Now, as a man in his young twenties who is able to live normally, Landis decided to ride his bicycle from his hometown in Maryland all the way to Miami, stopping at baseball stadiums along the way to solicit donations.
“Jacob decided to combine his three passions–baseball, cycling and helping the hearing impaired-and ride to all 30 baseball stadiums to raise money for those who would benefit from cochlear implants but cannot afford it,” the website explains. The trip started on April 3 in Annapolis and was set to end in Miami on September 24.
Landis’s first 10,500 miles had gone by smoothly until he reached South Florida. Reports say he had made stops at 29 Major League Baseball stadiums along the way; his final destination was Marlins Park in Miami. Landis was close to reaching Miami on Monday, when he was riding along US Highway 27 South just outside of the city. According to Landis’s website, he was clipped by a semi-truck, which injured him and proceeded on its way without stopping.
Landis was taken to the Florida Hospital Heartland in Sebring for treatment following the crash. Sources say he sustained a broken nose, a chipped front tooth, a swollen lip, as well as fractured cheekbones, cuts and bruises all over his face, and a severe concussion. Doctors told Landis that he would not be able to ride his bicycle for at least two weeks, effectively putting a premature end to Jacob’s Ride.
“I don’t remember anything that happened until I woke up at the hospital,” Landis reportedly said of the crash. “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.”
Despite his injuries, Landis was able to make it to the Tuesday finale party in North Miami. Landis was also set to be at a finish line rally at the Miami Marlins Park, the final game on the Jacob’s Ride. The game will be the Miami Marlins vs. Philadelphia Phillies. Reports say Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and The Marlins Foundation are set to send supporters to the event.
Meanwhile, police are currently investigating the hit-and-run crash. So far, it does not appear that they have any leads.
Source: 9.24.13 Landis Hit-and-Run.pdf