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Cyclist Recovering After Being Hit By Truck During Cycling Trip

Odessa, TX (Big 2 News) - "Well, it was just a very sudden crash," said Steve Weber, who has been cycling with his wife, Cindy for years.
Odessa, TX (Big 2 News) - "Well, it was just a very sudden crash," said Steve Weber, who has been cycling with his wife, Cindy for years.

Steve and Cindy have been cycling for years.

Both avid bikers, they planned a cross country bike trip from San Diego, California to Key West Florida but, it was cut short in the Big Bend region.

"We planned it for so long and we were just absolutely having a great time," said Cindy Weber.

"Cindy was just a little bit to my left, kind of drafting off of me so to speak. And all the sudden, just heard a woosh and this truck with a big horse trailer went by and Cindy was in front of me, on the ground," Steve said.

Cindy says she was hit on Highway-90, east of Marathon.

She says a distracted driver was to blame.

The crash left her with serious injuries, including fractured ribs, a fractured shoulder blade, a punctured lung, and a shattered arm.

"When we got to West Texas the roads have been quiet, I mean I never would have thought this would have happened out there. I mean, we'd have a car every five min or so. It was quiet country roads and roads would go way around us."

Steve started blogging about the trip back in late December.

His blog about bicycling is now taking a new focus.

"It has been a change, it's a cycling journal, "crazy guy on a bike" so i'm a little hesitant to make updates on you know, what's going on in our lives now."

But he says he's gotten several local comments expressing support on his guestbook.

"It's made all the difference. You feel like you're in a strange city but you're cared for"

Originally from Washington state, the Webers say they feel very welcomed in West Texas.

"You don't know what it means until something happens to you and somebody says praying for you or I'm thinking about you and it sounds a little platonic but it really strikes deep and it means a lot," Steve said.

Cindy is expected to be discharged soon but she says she'll have to stick around West Texas for a couple more months for follow up with her recovery.


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