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WCU professor who was hit while riding his bike cautions drivers, other cyclists

Jack Summers said he was riding in the bike lane on N.C. 107 about two miles from the university when he was struck by a car. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

An associate professor at Western Carolina is recovering after a car hit him while he was riding his bike.

Jack Summers said he was riding in the bike lane on N.C. 107 about two miles from the university when he was struck by a car. He will miss about three months of work because of the surgery he had to have on his back.

Summers has a warning for drivers and other cyclists on the road. He said even if you're riding in the bike lane, it's still dangerous to be on the road.

"It just comes down to people not texting while they're in their car, not using their phone, just being aware of their surroundings and being careful and trying not to hurt other people," Summers said.

Summers said he'll be back teaching chemistry at WCU in January.

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