MANCHESTER, N.H. — A man who drove to the emergency room complaining of pain and swelling in his right leg after riding his bike to work in the rain was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect, his lawyer said Wednesday.
Richard DeCesare, who works for a medical firm, was riding his bicycle through a parking lot on the city’s outskirts in the early morning hours of Tuesday when he noticed a large bulge in his left leg.
When he pulled over to inspect the wound, he was struck by a truck, DeCessare said.
He immediately called 911 and was taken to the hospital.
The New Hampshire State Police, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and the Department of Transportation all said they could not comment on the case, and the state police did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
DeCesse, who declined to be identified, told The Associated Press that the doctors told him the cause of the injury was not related to his biking.
DeCesard said he is hopeful he will have a chance to return to work, and that he is thankful to the people of New Hampshire for helping him.
The case of a cyclist who sustained a congenitally injured leg while riding a bike to the doctor’s office highlights the dangers of riding in the country’s first-ever major city, said New Hampshire Democratic Gov.
“It’s so important to me to be able to work and be able do something to help people, and if I can help other people with my own injuries, I will do it,” he said.
Hassan, who was elected in November, said she was disappointed that the accident took place in the city, where her administration is focused on making New Hampshire the safest place to live and work.
The city has seen a spate of bike crashes in recent years, with two fatal collisions this year.
The state is considering making it a crime to drive a bicycle on the road.
The accident came as a blow to Hassan, who has been a supporter of the cycling advocacy group Bike to Work New Hampshire, which has been advocating for better bicycle infrastructure in the state.
She said she is particularly proud of the city of Manchester’s decision to create a bike lane on the main thoroughfare, the main artery for traffic in the heart of the region.
Hazmat trucks were on the scene, DeSare said, but it was unclear how long it would take to remove the blood and other debris.