Bicyclist paralyzed in crash dies on new bike

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September 24, 2010 11:26:37 AM PDT
A paralyzed bicyclist is dead after police say he veered on a rural two-lane road and crashed into the front of an oncoming ambulance.

Steven B. Johnson, 49, was on board a hand-operated modified bicycle when he swerved in front of the ambulance, Exeter Township Police said. He died at the scene.

Johnson collided with the ambulance Thursday morning and died at the scene.

Exeter police say Johnson was a longtime bike racer who was partially paralyzed in a 1993 downhill race.

The Reading Eagle reported Friday that Johnson had recently received the new cycle as a gift from a foundation that promotes active lifestyles for the disabled.

Police say Johnson was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.


Information from: Reading Eagle