POLK COUNTY, Fl. (WMAR) - Jacob Landis, an Annapolis man riding across the country to raise money for hearing loss, was hit by a box trailer while biking through Florida Saturday night.
According to a spokesperson for the Polk County Sheriff's Office, the accident happened around 10:00 p.m. on US Highway 27 southbound.
Landis' family says a witness reported he was hit by the nose mirror of the truck.
"When his cousin first approached him, he thought the worst because he saw a crumpled heap on the ground," said Lois Landis, Jacob's mom.
Detectives describe the truck as a blue, closed box trailer. The sheriff's office believes it is possible the driver of the trailer did not realize he struck Landis.
The driver did not stop after the accident.
When units arrived on the scene, Landis was reported to be alert and responsive.
Landis' family tells ABC2 News the 24-year-old suffered a severe concussion, broken nose, two small cheekbone fractures, and a chipped tooth. He has been advised not to ride his bike for two weeks.
Landis was not alone at the time of the crash. He was accompanied by his cousin, Jack Riddle.
Police are investigating the crash, but are not sure if charges will be filed if they catch up to the driver.
Landis has been biking since April. He rode 10,800 miles, hitting 29 of the 30 MLB stadiums. When the accident happened, he had 180 miles to go.
"Somehow or another he has committed himself to finishing it. Not tomorrow, not on the designated day but he is committed to getting those miles done," said Lois Landis.
So far, Landis has raised $140,000 to help the hearing impaired get fitted for a cochlear implant. Landis slowly lost his hearing after birth. He was deaf by the age of 10, when he received an implant.
A welcome home party is scheduled at the Annapolis Whole Foods on Oct. 2.
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