Doctor Ed Farrar, the father of Garmin-Chipotle cyclist Tyler, remains in a serious condition at Central Washington Hospital after being struck by a motorist last Wednesday. The 57 year-old was struck head-on while riding his bicycle, after the vehicle crossed onto the opposite side of the road.
Local media has reported that the orthopedic surgeon is believed to have suffered spinal injuries as a result of the accident. Authorities have announced the 56 year-old driver will be charged with second-degree negligent driving following the accident.
"Reckless driving requires intent. This man, as far as we can tell, did not intend to hurt anybody," said Sgt. Cherie Smith told Wenatchee World.
News of the accident sparked sympathy for the Farrar family from the local community, with many of Dr. Farrar's patients offering their support and well wishes.