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Driver ticketed after hitting bicyclist, 33

Published: Thursday, May 15, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST

STERLING – A bicyclist hit by a car early Tuesday night has been released from the hospital.

After an investigation by the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Department, the driver of the car was ticketed for disobeying a stop sign.

Jonathan R. Ruiz, 33, of Sterling, was riding east on the bike path along West Lynn Boulevard at 6:23 p.m., when he was hit at the intersection with Oak Grove Avenue.

The driver, Michael F. Ely, 17, of Dixon, was traveling north on Oak Grove and failed to come to a complete stop at the intersection’s stop sign, the report says. Ely said he did not see the bicyclist enter the intersection, and hit him at a slow speed, sheriff’s deputies said.

Ruiz was thrown from the bicycle onto the pavement. He was taken by ambulance to CGH Medical Center, with injuries not considered to be life-threatening, according to the sheriff’s office. On Wednesday morning, the hospital said Ruiz no longer was a patient there.

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