Bend man injured in bicycle accident

Published Jul 22, 2013 at 05:00AM

A Bend man was seriously injured Sunday afternoon when he fell from his bike near Tumalo State Park.

The man, whom deputies declined to identify pending notification of his family, was riding his road bike toward town on O.B. Riley Road shortly after 3 p.m. when he crashed, said Sgt. Deke DeMars of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.

The man, 67, was carrying a pair of shoes on his bike, according to the Sheriff’s Office. One of the shoes came loose and wedged between the front wheel and fork, sending him over the handle bars and onto the pavement. He was wearing a helmet.

The wreck happened to occur along the final stage course for the Cascade Cycling Classic, DeMars said, but the man was not affiliated with the annual race. The man fell before the racers went by, and an ambulance took him to St. Charles Bend.