Trooper Crusading Against Drunken Driving Hit by Driver Charged With DWI
MONROE, N.J. (AP) _ A New York state trooper bicycling cross-country to crusade against drunken driving was himself struck and critically injured by a drunken driver, authorities said.
Joseph Cyran was less than 40 miles away from his 3,000-mile goal, Atlantic City, when he was struck by a motorist Saturday afternoon in this Gloucester County community. He left from Los Angeles on May 27.
The motorist apparently fell asleep and crossed the center line before striking Cyran and carrying him more than 100 feet on the hood, police said.
Cyran, 32, of West Seneca, N.Y., near Buffalo, was in fair condition Tuesday at Cooper Medical Center in Camden, said spokeswoman Peggy Leone.
Cyran said Tuesday he hopes to attempt the cross-country journey again.
″You can understand how disappointing it can be pushing every day, very hard from sunrise to sunset,″ he said in a telephone interview. ″I’m extremely disappointed that I didn’t get to finish.″
He suffered a fractured leg, ankle, wrist, thumb, neck and arms.
″It could be worse - I could be paralyzed,″ said Cyran. ″I’ll recover from this.″
Police said the driver, Ricky Ragunan, 28, of Moorestown, was charged with driving while intoxicated, careless driving, driving an unregistered vehicle, using fictitious tags, seatbelt violations. Ragunan also was issued a summons for failing to have car insurance, police said.
″I hope to goodness that people will read this story and see what a drunken driver can do to your child or even a loved one″ said Cyran’s father, Joseph, in a telephone interview Monday from his New York home.
Relatives and friends said Cyran had wanted to raise money for the victims of drunken drivers. He was unable to obtain sponsors but decided to make the solo trip anyway, said Trooper Bruce Bell, Cyran’s partner.