KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Police are investigating after a bicyclist was hit and critically injured Tuesday afternoon. The accident happened near 34th and Tracy in Kansas City, Mo.
It was first reported the bicyclist was killed in the accident, however it has been confirmed the bicyclist was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Witnesses told police the biker, a man in his 50s rode the wrong way down Tracy when a car hit him. The man wasn't wearing a helmet. He went airborne when he was hit and landed in the street.
A neighbor ran to help the injured man after the accident. Amber Potter told FOX 4 the man often rides his bike in the area.
"The car couldn't have stopped," she said. "The man darted in front of him instead of slowing down at the intersection."
Police warn cyclists they need to follow the rules of the road.
"They need to travel the correct way on the roadway," said Sgt. DeEtta Jacobs with KCPD. "They need to wear a helmet. Those safety factors will come into play if a crash does occur and maybe save someone's life."
Police said the driver of the car remained on the scene and is cooperating with the investigation. The male driver had a male child in the car, but neither one was injured. The cyclist remains in critical condition.