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Bikers hold event to honor cyclists hit by truck three weeks ago

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

About a dozen cyclists met Friday for the monthly Critical Mass Bike Ride to honor three cyclists who were hit by a truck on Nicholson Drive.

According to Louisiana State Police, the cyclists were in the process of turning on GSRI when a truck hit them from behind. The accident left two of the bikers with scrapes and bruises, and another in critical condition. Investigators say the driver of the vehicle left the scene after hitting the bikers.

Mika Tourkkola was one of the bikers involved in the accident. He participated in Friday's bike ride. Tourkkola inspired a mission to get the word out about sharing the road.

"I like to tell people there is no such thing as a fender bender between a car and a bicycle," said Tarkkola "We want people to know that bikers are out there."

Matthew Bartol, is the second cyclist who was hit by the truck. Bartol says whoever the drive is he needs to turn himself in.

"We're trying to have some fun, and to have somebody hit us without warning like that, I'd like them to come forward and take responsibility for it," said Bartol.

Cyclists stopped by the home of Justin Weber. Weber was the biker left in the hospital in critical condition. He said that he is still recuperating from his injuries, but is happy to be alive.

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