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Good Samaritans rush to aid injured cyclist

WARREN — When the bicycle chain broke as a cyclist was riding on Warren’s northeast side Wednesday — dumping the rider over his handlebars and slamming him on to the concrete sidewalk — motorists jumped from passing vehicles immediately and residents in the neighborhood scurried to assist.

At least one of the good Samaritans who came to the aid of the injured cyclist said his only hope was to “pay it forward.”

A saucer-sized pool of blood was spreading under the cyclist’s head as people rushed to aid the man who appeared to be in his late 50s, according to witnesses. The accident occurred just before 2 p.m. Wednesday near the corner of Woodland Avenue and Bonnie Brae NE.

James Riedman, identified by those at the scene as the cyclist who crashed from his Schwinn, suffered a laceration above his eye and was momentarily unconscious, witnesses said.

Jay Moore was driving by on Woodland Avenue.

“It looked like something popped — like his chain — flipping him over,” Moore said. “I stopped my car and ran up to him. I was glad no cars were coming when the bike went down. I hope he’s OK.”

Bruce and Angelius Davenport rushed from their nearby home at 1409 Woodland NE when they saw a small crowd gather near their driveway.

When they saw the cyclist lying on the street, just off the driveway apron, Bruce said he ran back inside the home and grabbed a towel. They saw the blood pooling around his head.

“We wanted to make him comfortable and stop the bleeding,” Angelius Davenport said. “We were trying to keep him calm. He really did not want to go to the hospital.”

Kara Flowers and Brad Bertuzzi were driving east on Woodland Avenue from the grocery store when they saw people gathering across from Bonnie Brae.

Flowers, who has had some first aid training, stopped the van at the corner and ran over to see if she could lend a hand.

Neighbor Bruce Davenport gave the towel to Flowers, who used it to wrap Riedman’s head and slow the flow of blood coming from a cut over his eye.

Bertuzzi, who described himself as having seizures for most of his life, recognized the head wound could be serious.

“He is lucky that people stopped to help,” Bertuzzi said. “I know God had saved me by having people around me when I had seizures in the past. Being here today, I’m just paying it forward.”

The Davenports took possession of the bicycle, saying Riedman could pick it up when he gets out of the hospital. Attempts to reach Riedman Wednesday afternoon were unsuccessful.

rsmith@tribtoday.com

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